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Brattleboro Retreat has October deadline to make changes

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - The Brattleboro Retreat psychiatric hospital has until Oct. 30 to implement changes in its handling of violent or aggressive patient behavior or risk losing federal funding.

The Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements account for more than half of its revenues.

The hospital has provided the largest share of acute psychiatric care capacity to fill the gap created by the forced closure of the 54-bed Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury after flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 in the state office complex.

The Retreat had been working on corrections, but inspectors investigated a new complaint in July about a patient that revealed more problems.

Senior Vice President Peter Albert tells Vermont Public Radio the hospital has adjusted its policies and created proper training and supervision of staff.

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