MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont lawmakers are being briefed on the deaths of two vulnerable Vermonters: an 80-year-old man who the group Disability Rights Vermont says died after neglect both by his son and the state, and a patient who died at the Brattleboro Retreat psychiatric hospital in January.
Disability Rights Vermont says the unidentified 80-year-old died at a Lyndonville nursing home in October, more than seven months after the state Division of Adult Protective Services first got a report the man, who had been living at home with his son, was being neglected.
Susan Wehry, commissioner of the state department that includes Adult Protective Services, says the division has been making progress on correcting long-standing problems.
Retreat CEO Robert Simpson apologized to lawmakers for not providing them information about the death there earlier.
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