Neighbor challenges mental health facility plans

MIDDLESEX, Vt. (AP) — A neighbor is challenging the state's plans to open a temporary mental health facility in Middlesex to help replace the Vermont State Hospital which was flooded by Tropical Storm Irene.

When Irene flooded the state hospital more than a year ago, patients were sent to other facilities around the state. The loss of the hospital put strains on emergency services, with some patients waiting days for a bed to become available.

The state wanted to open the temporary facility in January while a permanent 25-bed hospital in Berlin in built.

But neighbor Brian Hannon tells Vermont Public Radio (http://bit.ly/ZBYFhL ) he's concerned about the safety of his children and that the facility will hurt the value of his home. He has appealed the Middlesex Zoning Board's approval to the environmental court.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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