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$25 Million Price Tag For Hospital Did Not Include Furnishings

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View down a dark stairway in an old abandoned psychiatric hospital. (credit: Erik van Hannen/Getty Images)

View down a dark stairway in an old abandoned psychiatric hospital. (credit: Erik van Hannen/Getty Images)

MONTPELIER, VT (CBS Connecticut) – After the flooding of 2011 forced the closure of the former state facility in Waterbury the Shumlin administration neglected to budget for its furnishings.

According to the Burlington Express, the Department of Mental Health was supposed to pay for furnishings out of its budget, but Mental Health Commissioner Paul Dupre said there wasn’t any money allocated for the $447,928 expense.

Lawmakers said they were surprised by this oversight.

“When we heard $1 million a bed,” Sen Claire Ayer, D-Addison told the paper, “we sort of assumed it would include beds.”

Commissioner Jim Reardon feels a provision should be added to the bill that makes tweaks to last year’s capital project bill to transfer the $447,928 from capital funds allocated for the hospital project to the Agency of Human Services where it can be used as a match for federal funds.

“In the scheme of all we have been dealing with to replace the state hospital and people moving fast, I’m not surprised that something like this could happen,” Reardon said.

“It isn’t an excuse,” he added, “but it is spilled milk to me. My goal was to find a solution.”

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