- Associated Press - Friday, February 10, 2017

UNDERHILL, Vt. (AP) - One of three of Vermont’s residential addiction treatment centers is closing its doors indefinitely.

The board of the Maple Leaf Treatment Center of Underhill announced Thursday it had decided to close after determining it was not possible to re-open the 41-bed center under the current circumstances. An outpatient center in Colchester will also be closed.

On Jan. 15 Maple Leaf stopped accepting new patients. The center that treats alcohol and drug addiction and concurrent mental health issues had reported a staffing shortage.

A recent state report said the center failed reported allegations of verbal abuse and mistreatment of residents by a staff member.

On Thursday officials notified the state it would not be reopening.

The board’s statement said officials were “heartbroken” and considering opportunities to reopen.

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