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.
- 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
- A Lack of Chaplain Services at Bridgewater State HospitalBy Donna Winant For the past seven months there was no chaplain at Bridgewater State Hospital (BSH). Before that, there was a short-term chaplain. And previous to that, for months and months, there was no chaplain. Family members pushed and pushed and gave suggestions for temporary solutions. This was ignored until advocate voices became… Continue reading A Lack of Chaplain Services at Bridgewater State Hospital