MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A top Vermont official says plans to open a temporary mental health facility in Middlesex are months behind schedule, but employees could begin working there next week with the first patients arriving by the end of the month.
Buildings and General Services Commissioner Michael Obuchowski says the plan is for the Middlesex facility to be in operation for three years.
The temporary facility is designed to hold seven people until the new state hospital in Berlin is ready to receive patients.
Obuchowski says there were a variety of factors that contributed to the delay, including a lack of finished plans, coordination between Buildings and General Services and the Department of Mental Health.
He says there were three or four missed opening dates.
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