VT Digger | October 16, 2016

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October 16, 2016

Bourgoin case raises questions about mental health screening

In the aftermath of a deadly crash Oct. 8 involving a wrong-way driver, questions have been raised about how health care providers screen people seeking treatment. ...

Jack McCullough, director of Vermont Legal Aid’s Mental Health Law Project, is often involved with involuntary hospitalization cases.

One of the biggest issues facing Vermont’s mental health treatment system, McCullough says, is a lack of resources at the community level.

A shortage of services in communities means that some people grappling with mental health issues cannot find support until their cases reach a serious level — at which point they are hospitalized, he said.