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Vt. grants permit for new psych hospital

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A key green light has been given for the 25-bed Vermont state psychiatric hospital planned for Berlin.

The Department of Financial Regulation - the state agency that reviews hospital budgets and construction plans - has approved the plan for the hospital drafted by the Department of Mental Health.

CFR Commissioner Steve Kimbell announced his department's approval of a certificate of need for the Berlin hospital.

That and a series of smaller psychiatric units around the state are being developed to replace the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury. That facility was forced to close by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in August of 2011, with the state scrambling since then to find enough places for people with mental illness.

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