Mental Health Treatment Matters
Mental illness can affect anyone, and everyone deserves the care and treatment they need. Currently the criminal justice system lacks the resources and proper training to provide the comprehensive treatment necessary for individuals with mental illness in their care. We are a Massachusetts based organization that seeks to advocate for the access to mental health treatment and care for all people regardless of their legal standing.
Advocate for persons suffering from serious mental illness and involved in the criminal justice system; to ensure that they are provided a continuum of proper psychiatric care, medical treatment, and clinical services across the entire spectrum of the legal and justice systems.
- Disability Law Center Finds Continuing Systemic Rights Violations and Health and Safety Risks at Bridgewater State HospitalBoston, MA – The Disability Law Center (DLC) has issued our January 2023 public report summarizing findings and recommendations arising out of intensive monitoring efforts at Bridgewater State Hospital (BSH) from July 2022 through December 2022. The report examines both continuing and new concerns discovered during this reporting period related to facility conditions and BSH… Continue reading Disability Law Center Finds Continuing Systemic Rights Violations and Health and Safety Risks at Bridgewater State Hospital
- NAMI Board Member and Family Advocate Adds His Voice at Judiciary Oversight CommitteeIntroduction My name is Tom Kavanaugh. I am a board member of my local NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) chapter, the facilitator of the Bridgewater State Hospital Families Group, and the father of a son with mental illness who is currently being held at the hospital. About the Patients If I may, I’d… Continue reading NAMI Board Member and Family Advocate Adds His Voice at Judiciary Oversight Committee
- Bridgewater State Hospital Must be Placed Under the Dept. of Mental Health – Not the Dept. of CorrectionRepresentative Michael Day, who moderated the Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Judiciary oversight hearings on December 21 stated in the February 2022 issue of Commonwealth Magazine that the then recent Disability Law Center (DLC) report was “deeply disturbing.” Based on the January 2022 and July 2022 DLC reports, a barrage of damning news articles, meetings between the Criminal… Continue reading Bridgewater State Hospital Must be Placed Under the Dept. of Mental Health – Not the Dept. of Correction