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Vermont’s Brattleboro Retreat to lay off 85 workers

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Published: Oct. 26, 2020 at 9:50 AM EDT
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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - The Brattleboro Retreat is laying off 85 employees as part of its effort to contain costs at Vermont’s largest private psychiatric hospital.

The job cuts are the equivalent of about 15% of the retreat’s workforce.

They come on top of more than 100 jobs lost by attrition since the spring as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The facility is also eliminating a number of programs.

The Retreat currently employs 550 people.

Retreat President Louis Josephson says the retreat’s financial problems pre-date the pandemic, but admissions at the psychiatric hospital have dropped 30% since the pandemic hit.

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