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Since 1986, Disability Rights Vermont (formerly VP&A) has been advocating for Vermonters with mental health issues and monitoring their treatment both in hospitals and the community.

Investigative Reports

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Vermont Human Rights Commission complaint against the State of Vermont on behalf of itself and DC. Despite knowledge on the part of all Defendants that DC was in need of a hospital level of care DC was held in a medically inappropriate environment during his confinement in a correctional facility. Read the full complaint.

Disability Rights Vermont (DRVT) announces the release of an Investigative Report on the Death of Annette Douglas on January 9, 2015 while in the Custody of the Vermont Department of Corrections.

Investigation Report: Death of Annette Douglas on January 9, 2015 While in the Custody of the Vermont Department of Corrections

Disability Rights Vermont 2014 Voting Experience Survey (April 2014)

Investigation of the Adult Protective Services Response to Reports of Neglect Regarding the John Doe. Released May 2012

Response to our APS Investigation from the Commissioner of the Department of Aging and Independent Living on June 11, 2012

Investigation into the Death of A Resident at the Serenity House Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Center on December 11, 2010

Investigation into the Death of Michael Crosby at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility on August 26, 2009

DRVT publishes an introduction and DOC response to our investigation of the death of Michael Crosby.

Investigation into the Death of Ashley Ellis at Northwest State Correctional Facility (NWSCF) in Swanton, Vermont on August 16, 2009.

Response for the Department of Corrections to the Investigation into the Death of Ashley Ellis at Northwest State Correctional Facility (NWSCF) in Swanton, Vermont on August 16, 2009.

DRVT-DOC agreement on Detoxification-Withdrawl 11.05.09

Investigation into the Death of Mr. James Biggar at the
Brattleboro Retreat on December 10, 2007
(November 2008)

Response from the Brattleboro Retreat to the Investigation into the Death of Mr. James Biggar at the Bratteboro Retreat on December 10, 2007 (November 2008)

Investigation into the Transport by Law Enforcement Personnel and the Use of Metal Shackles on a Child With Disabilities for Purposes of Hospital to Hospital Transfer on November 3, 2006

Response from RRMC to the Investigation into the Transport by Law Enforcement Personnel and the Use of Metal Shackles on a Child With Disabilities for Purposes of Hospital to Hospital Transfer on November 3, 2006 (October 2007)

Response from RMHS to the Investigation into the Transport by Law Enforcement Personnel and the Use of Metal Shackles on a Child With Disabilities for Purposes of Hospital to Hospital Transfer on November 3, 2006 (October 2007)

Response from DMH to the Investigation into the Transport by Law Enforcement Personnel and the Use of Metal Shackles on a Child With Disabilities for Purposes of Hospital to Hospital Transfer on November 3, 2006 (October 2007)

Investigation into the Circumstances Surrounding the Injuries Sustained by a Youth While in the Detention Unit of the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility in 2006 (September 2007)

Response to the Investigation into the Circumstances Surrounding the Injuries Sustained by a Youth While in the Detention Unit of the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility in 2006 (September 2007)

An Investigation into the Excessive Use of Restraint at the Emergency Department of Fletcher Allen Health Care. (March 2007)

Response to Report Concerning Emergency Department Treatment on August 6, 2006 (March 2007)

Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center Detention Unit: Time is Running Out: A VP&A Report on Threats to the Health and Safety of Youth with Disablilities Detained in the D-Wing. (December 2006)

Archived Reports

Vermont Department of Corrections

Investigation Into the Death of Michael Estabrook While In the Custody of the Vermont Department of Correction (July 2007)

Response to the Investigation Into the Death of Michael Estabrook While In the Custody of the Vermont Department of Correction (July 2007)

Settlement Agreement and Release Vermont Protection & Advocacy v. Robert Hofmann, in his official capacity, and Vermont Department of Corrections (June 2006)

An Investigation Into the Circumstances that Required John Doe to Receive Emergency Medical Treatment While Incarcerated (October 2004)

John Doe Treatment Review by Dr. Robert Linder (April 2005)

An Investigation into the death of Robert Nichols while housed at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility of February 15, 2005

An Investigation Into the Circumstances Surrounding the Deaths of Neil Prentiss and James Quigley While in Custody of the Vermont Department of Corrections - Press release (May 2004)

An Investigation Into the Circumstances Surrounding the Death of James Quigley at the Northwest State Correctional Facility (May 2004)

An Investigation into the Deaths of Seven Vermont Inmates and Related Issues by Michael Marks, Esq. and Philip McLaughlis, Esq. (March 2004)

An Investigation into the Circumstances Surrounding the Death of Lawrence Bessette Jr. on May 22, 2003 at the Northern State Correctional Facility

An Investigation Into the Circumstances Surrounding the Death of Neil Prentiss on November 22, 2002

Vermont State Hospital

An Investigation Into the Circumstances Surrounding the Death of Christopher Fitzgerald on August 8, 2003 at the Vermont State Hospital (August 2003)

An Investigation into the Circumstances Surrounding the Suicide Death of Ms. Amanda Menei on September 15, 2003 at the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury, Vermont

Press Conference regarding the deaths of Christopher Fitzgerald and Amanda Menei (May 2004)

Brattleboro Retreat

An Investigation into the Circumstances of the use of Police Intervention and Subsequent Taser Shooting of a Juvenile Patient at the Brattleboro Retreat, Tyler 3 Unit on October 10, 2003 (February 2005)

Brattleboro Retreat's Response to VP&A's Report on the October 10, 2003 Taser Incident on the Tyler 3 Unit (March 2005)

Voting

Polling Place Accessibility Report

PAVA Pre-Election Program Evaluation