MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A panel of Vermont lawmakers is set to review a proposal by the Shumlin administration to make it easier for doctors to administer drugs to state hospital patients who are refusing treatment.
The Legislature's Administrative Rules Committee is scheduled Wednesday to consider a proposal on the topic from the state Department of Mental Health.
Vermont's current law is said to be among the most favorable in the country to patients who do not wish to take psychiatric medications. Whether that should continue to be the case has been debated for years.
Currently, a doctor must seek approval from a judge before involuntarily medicating a patient, a process that can take months.