- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Corrections has reached an agreement with a former prisoner to provide more mental health care to some of its inmates.

The department says prisoners that require inpatient psychiatric care will be identified by adequately-trained professionals. The Department of Mental Health will be called in to provide services.

An attorney with Disability Rights Vermont, which represented the inmate, tells Vermont Public Radio (https://bit.ly/2c7Njjh ) the agreement calls for the nonprofit to be contacted when a person needing hospital-level care is detained for more than 72 hours after an application for treatment is filed.

He says his client, who has developmental disabilities, was held in prison for several months in 2014 before he was able to receive mental health care.

The state says it will make changes before October.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, https://www.vpr.net

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