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Brattleboro Retreat must fix problems by Nov. 5 or lose federal funding

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MONTPELIER, Vermont — A private psychiatric hospital that houses patients for the state of Vermont must fix problems by Nov. 5 or risk losing federal funding.

That's according to a memorandum shared by the Brattleboro Retreat with the Vermont Department of Mental Health. A three-day inspection that ended Oct. 1 found significant problems that prompted the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to threaten the funding cutoff.

One immediate change was the removal from the hospital of a type of bandage after a patient was seen wrapping the bandage around his or her neck.

A second incident occurred when a patient was allowed to bathe while a staff member waited outside the room and the patient attempted self-harm by lowering her or his head under water.

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