Vermont Governor Shumlin, FCO Landry Break Ground on Vermont Psychiatric Hospital Construction Site
By Diego Alvarado, External Affairs Officer, DR-4022-VT
With shovels in hand, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Mark Landry, together broke ground to mark the construction of a new state-of-the-art psychiatric hospital. Shumlin, Landry and a host of other state and local officials were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony that was held on Jan. 8, 2013. The new facility is to be named: Green Mountain Psychiatric Care Center Berlin Campus.
The event marked an important milestone for both the State of Vermont and FEMA’s Vermont disaster operations. FEMA delivered Project Worksheets to the state which provide specific guidance for its plan to construct a new 25-bed facility designed to treat patients with mental illness in Berlin, Vt.
The Vermont State Hospital was part of a larger Waterbury State Office Complex which sustained heavy damage by floodwaters in connection with Tropical Storm Irene. Over the past year, FEMA has worked closely with its state partners to try to insure that Vermont receives every federal dollar to which they are entitled by law. FEMA’s target is to have draft Project Worksheets ready to submit to the State of Vermont in approximately 30 days, accounting for the balance of the eligible structures damaged as a result of Tropical Storm Irene.
Berlin, Vt., Jan. 8, 2013 -- Federal Coordinating Officer Mark Landry, second from left, and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, fourth from left, join state and local officials for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Berlin mental health facility. FEMA provided Public Assistance funds based on Tropical Storm Irene-related damages.