In a luncheon ceremony held on Friday, September 30, 2011, at the Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield, NH, the Brattleboro Retreat bestowed the 2011 Anna Marsh Award to Senator Robert T. Gannett.

The Anna Marsh Award was established by the Brattleboro Retreat in 2009 to recognize individuals for their advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness. Gannett served on the Brattleboro Retreat Board of Trustees from 1967 to 1981.


In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, communities throughout Vermont have stood by each other in extraordinary ways. In the wake of damaging flooding at the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury, the Brattleboro Retreat joined with other hospitals and agencies across the state to accommodate displaced patients.

Here at the Retreat we now have 16 patients from Waterbury in our care and will continue to provide them with a safe, secure...»»

Although the impact of Hurricane Irene in southern Vermont remains uncertain, the Brattleboro Retreat convened a 9:00 am meeting this morning of members of the hospital's Incident Command Center. The group completed a thorough review of all appropriate safety protocols and is prepared to activate those protocols should weather conditions warrant.

Officials of the Brattleboro Retreat will continue to closely monitor weather...»»

The weather cooperated on Saturday, August 20, and the second annual Ride for Heroes motorcycle ride to benefit the Uniformed Services Program was another fabulous success! Led by retired Brattleboro Fire Chief Dave Emery, and with an escort from the Windham County Sheriff’s and Brattleboro Police Departments, 175 participants took a 55 mile ride through beautiful Windham County, with a...»»

The Brattleboro Retreat's Uniformed Service Program is proud to be featured in an article published in the August 2011 edition of Fire Chief, a national trade magazine for professionals in the fire service. Entitled "Rescuing the Rescuers," this thoughful piece examines the powerful impact duty-related trauma can have on firefighters and the relationship that stress can have on drinking, drug...»»

The Brattleboro Retreat is proud to announce its partnership with Black River Produce, a Vermont-based distributor of local produce and other farm goods. Through this arrangement, the Retreat's food service vendor, Sodexo, is able to purchase produce and certain other provisions with a priority given to Vermont-sourced goods.

Not only does this decision help support local farmers and sustainable agriculture, it also allows the Retreat...»»

We could not be more grateful to the many individuals who participated in yesterday's Sixth Annual Brattleboro Retreat Golf Tournament to support recreational services for children and adolescents. In all, the tournament generated more than $55,000, and we could not have done it without the support and generosity of 124 golfers and 17 volunteers who combined forces with 57 corporate and individual sponsors to help make the day a huge success...»»

Frederick “Fritz” Engstrom, MD, medical director of the Brattleboro Retreat, has formally announced the appointment of three new physicians to the hospital’s medical staff. “These three outstanding psychiatrists represent tremendous additions to the Brattleboro Retreat’s exceptional core of medical talent,” said Engstrom.


by Geoffrey Kane, MD, Chief of Addiction Services

I’m often asked by concerned parents and other individuals who have regular contact with young people: “Is it possible to recognize when a teen, or even a younger child, has a drug or alcohol problem? What should I look for?” The short answer is yes, it is possible; but the longer answer can be much more complicated. That’s because it is not unusual for older people to be...»»

A feature story about the Retreat's recent success and plans for the future appears in the June 2011 edition of Business West, a leading business publication in western Massachusetts. In the article, Retreat President and CEO Dr. Rob Simpson is quoted extensively as he discusses our streamlined admissions process, innovative new programs and full continuum of inpatient, outpatient and residential services.