Sen. Illuzzi Questions Mental Health Commissioner About VSH Canteen Closure

“It is not right to take something from the most unfortunate people in our state. … Please reconsider.”

Couldn’t agree more Senator!

From The Blog Site VTBuzz

"As this blog suggests, Illuzzi keeps busy. In recent days, he inserted himself into the controversy over a budget cut that will close a canteen operated near the Vermont State Hospital.

Illuzzi questioned assertions by the Department of Mental Health that the canteen loses money. He said he also is persuaded the canteen provides eligible patients with a place to go where they don’t have to feel like they are in a hospital. “It is therapeutic.”

Mental Health Commissioner Michael Hartman explained he chose to close the canteen to avoid making cuts to direct care for patients.

Illuzzi hasn’t backed off. Sunday he sent Hartman an e-mail that read, “It is not right to take something from the most unfortunate people in our state. … Please reconsider.”