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Meadowview Provides Needed Service

New Perspectives for Care, a non-profit partnership of HCRS and the Brattleboro Retreat, have opened Meadowview, a 6-bed residential facility developed to prepare individuals to transition from the Vermont State Hospital back into the community. Meadowview provides individuals with skills training, tools for self management of psychiatric illnesses, and improved quality of life.

The grand opening in January was well attended with Judith Hayward, HCRS CEO, Beth Tanzman, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, and Rob Simpson, Brattleboro Retreat CEO, cutting the grand opening ribbon. Attendees were able to tour through the newly renovated facility, many commenting on the warm and home-like atmosphere as well as the scenic setting. The building was provided for this project by the Brattleboro Retreat and is located on the Retreat grounds.

The program seeks to foster an environment that promotes the principles of recovery and hope, create a safe and caring environment, foster learning opportunities, and support individuals to successfully integrate into the community.

Michael Mitchell, the Program Director of Meadowview, brings a diverse background to Meadowview. Prior to taking this position at Meadowview, Michael was a Nurse Coordinator with HCRS’ CRT and Developmental Services programs.

According to HCRS CEO, Judith Hayward, “Meadowview is the realization of a long anticipated goal of the Brattleboro Retreat and HCRS to collaborate on a transitional home in the south for those residents at Vermont State Hospital who could benefit from a therapeutic and less restrictive place of residence. The outcome has far exceeded our expectations, both in the quality of services, the extraordinary staff, and the philosophy of care which has evolved. We are thrilled with the results.”