Mental Health Commissioner Paul Dupre and Human Resources Commissioner Kate Duffy announced today that the state will conduct two “Jobs Day” events for people interested in employment at the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital (VPCH), which is scheduled to open this summer. The Jobs Day events will be held on Feb. 24 and 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., at 439 Industrial Lane, Berlin. More information is available on the Department of Human Resources website: http://humanresources.vermont.gov/careers/featured_jobs.
Approximately 90 positions will be needed to staff the state-of-the-art, 25-bed Berlin hospital. In addition to nurses with psychiatric experience, VPCH is hiring Mental Health Specialists and staff for ancillary services. Mental Health Specialists work one-on-one with patients and are trained to respond therapeutically to both the individual patient and the unit environment.
“Vermont needs the highest caliber of care providers to assist our citizens in need of acute care to recover safely and quickly,” said Mental Health Commissioner Paul Dupre. “The new Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital will provide the patients and staff with a secure and therapeutic environment for successful outcomes.”
Available positions will be filled first by staff transferring from the temporary, eight-bed acute care facility in Morrisville, which will then close. Former state hospital employees who lost positions with the closing of the former state hospital that was severely damaged in Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 will also be able to exercise recall options. Both strategies will offer continuity of care for patients, and provide experienced, trained, and skilled staff for the new hospital.
The State will continue to operate a Secure Residential Program in Middlesex.