• Prison-like atmosphere
    April 20,2013
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    In the article about the opening of the new psychiatric wing at the Retreat it was noted that there were no toilet seats in the bathroom. What statistical data did the state rely on in regard to suicide by toilet seat? There must be statistical data in this area or why would the bathrooms be constructed in this manner?

    Rep. Anne Donahue described the new wing as “prison-like.” Surely the state relied on data of some kind when planning the new wing that showed the benefits of a prison-like atmosphere for promoting a sense of well-being and recovery for psychiatric patients.

    Maybe the state of Vermont will make the data they relied on available. It’s a good bet that the same data will be used in the construction of the new state hospital.

    KAREN WETMORE

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