Friday, May 24 2013 8:52 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:52:16 GMT
A Windham County man cashes in a lucky lottery ticket. Frederick Randall matched 4 out of 5 numbers plus the power ball for the April 5th drawing.He would have won $10,000, but he played an extra buckMore >>
A Windham County man cashes in a lucky lottery ticket.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:01:42 GMT
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to link SUNY campuses with the business world in an effort to create more jobs. This project is called Tax Free NY. New York State Office of General Services CommissionerMore >>
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to link SUNY campuses with the business world in an effort to create more jobs. This project is called Tax Free NY.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:18 AM EDT2013-05-24 11:18:04 GMT
The Boy Scouts of America announced their decision on allowing gay youth into their program Thursday. The 1,400 member national council voted to change its current policy to allow openly gay youth. TheMore >>
The Boy Scouts of America announced their decision on allowing gay youth into their program Thursday.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:08 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:08:29 GMT
A staple atop Church Street in downtown Burlington is gone. We told you the fountain was being removed last month. Church Street Marketplace leaders say it was too expensive to run and blocked foot traffic.More >>
A staple atop Church Street in downtown Burlington is gone.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:01 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:01:37 GMT
If you're approached by a Vermont State Trooper, there's one thing you may not see, a tattoo. That's because for six years the department hasn't allowed visible ink.But VSP Captain David Notte saysMore >>
Vermont State Police say it's considering changing its tattoo policy, to get more recruits. Right now you can't have any visible tattoos, but that could soon change.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:54 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:54:33 GMT
Yesterday's quick downpour is leaving long-term damage to Burlington roads and businesses. So much so it has the Department of Public Works looking closely at making some major repairs to the entire system. TheMore >>
Yesterday's quick downpour is leaving long-term damage to Burlington roads and businesses.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:24 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:24:21 GMT
Undocumented immigrants in Vermont won a huge battle in the state legislature this year that will eventually give them the chance to earn driver's licenses. That includes Jose Norman. "I've been hereMore >>
The new law won't take effect until January 2014.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:51 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:51:07 GMT
Crews are responding to a garbage truck that caught fire off Shelburne Road in Shelburne, Vt. According to the Shelburne Fire Department, something in the back of a Casella Waste truck caught fire. TheMore >>
Crews are responding to a garbage truck that caught fire off Shelburne Road in Shelburne, Vt.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:04 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:04:40 GMT
The N.H. Senate is expected to take up a bill Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the state. According to the legislation HB573, it would allow patients with cancer, glaucoma, positive status forMore >>
The N.H. Senate is expected to take up a bill Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the state.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:34 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:34:26 GMT
The Essex Fire Department and Vermont Gas are currently investigating the smell of propane at the Edge Fitness Center in Essex, Vt.FOX44 and ABC22 reporter Michael Page says they haven't found anythingMore >>
The Essex Fire Department and Vermont Gas are currently investigating the smell of propane at the Edge Fitness Center in Essex, Vt.More >>
Vermonters ingrained in the healthcare community, had the chance to sound off on addiction and mental health services.
The speakers included people in need of help as well as those giving it. Those listening were policy makers at the state level, jotting down notes constantly to make sure they captured every concern presented.
It was a full room of passionate people at the Elks County Club in Montpelier and each time someone spoke the room reverberated with hope of fixing a recognized problem.
"We're doing this on a wing and a prayer," Mark Ames said.
Ames is the Coordinator of the Vermont Recovery Network helping people bounce back from drug and alcohol abuse when they might be most vulnerable of regressing after they leave hospital treatment.
"Addiction is a chronic disease but we've been treating it with an acute care response, i.e. a short period of time of treatment," Ames said.
Karen Lorentzon sees the same thing in her line of work at the Vermont Psychiatric Services of Rutland.
"You're expected to be cured in 21 to 28 days," Lorentzon said of patients in need of mental health services.
While Lorentzon's and Ames' work might seem disconnected, Ames says that up to 75% of the people that go to Vermont recovery centers have received mental health treatment before. But these programs are running on fumes from a lack of state funding, Ames recovery program gets only $55,000 of support a year.
Other issues brought up at the forum included the medication of mental health patients and a lack of compensation for professionals who received many degrees and licenses, at a high cost.
As a long-term recovery addict, Ames is pressing hard to find the support that helped him fight his addiction.
"I was a success in recovery because I had recovery supports and what we're trying to create that broad level of support for people," Ames said.
It was the kind of support Lorentzon wishes she had when she was taking care of her mentally ill mother as a teenager...when she was fifteen her mother died because of a drug overdose and she found herself homeless.
"Had we gotten the proper services and support that we needed to continue our lives perhaps things would have had different outcomes there's no guarantee of that but these stories continue today," Lorentzon said.
Robin Lunge, Health Care Reform Director in Vermont, sat on the panel today. She says that the panel will take their notes from the forum and go to the drawing board to see how and if they can implement some of the ideas shared today, eventually taking their report to the state legislature.
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