Treatment Advocacy Center’s Brian Stettin Bids Farewell

Brian Stettin, longtime policy directory of Treatment Advocacy Center, states: " The question lingering in the back of the mind of any advocate is always: Am I making a difference? When the wrong to be righted is deep-seated, complex and decades in the making, there will inevitably be grist for discouragement. But we must never discount the… Continue reading Treatment Advocacy Center’s Brian Stettin Bids Farewell

Shedding Light Podcast

FFIMI Director, Donna Winant, was interviewed by Leonna Abraham Brandao's of Blog Talk Radio/Shedding Light. Leonna's passion is to get people talking and working together to find solutions to social justice issues, including the many that exist in the criminal justice system. Donna shared about FFIMI's mission and goal to be the voice of justice involved… Continue reading Shedding Light Podcast

Disability Law Center Calls for CHANGE at Bridgewater State Hospital

In the January 2022 Report, DLC’s sweeping recommendations include the following: DOC must immediately remediate mold and assess for other environmental toxins existing in the BSH physical plant per expert recommendations and industry standards.The Commonwealth must commit to closing [BSH] and constructing a modern facility designed to provide psychiatric evaluations and treatment in a safe,… Continue reading Disability Law Center Calls for CHANGE at Bridgewater State Hospital

FFIMI Calls for Action on Issues Raised by Disability Law Center’s Report of Bridgewater State Hospital!

by Mike Walsh, FFIMI Member Thanks to the Disability Law Center (DLC) and their recent report regarding the poor physical conditions and inappropriate practices in the treatment of persons served at BSH, the situation has been receiving a lot of much needed attention from the public and State Legislators.  As advocates for this extremely vulnerable… Continue reading FFIMI Calls for Action on Issues Raised by Disability Law Center’s Report of Bridgewater State Hospital!

Bridgewater Hospital’s woes will go on without change in agency oversight

Boston Globe - Opinion February 21, 2022 FFIMI agrees that the oversight of Bridgewater State Hospital belongs with the Department of Mental Health, and NOT the Department of Corrections. We agree with writer, Robert Weber of Newton, MA, that without this change, the conditions for the persons served at BSH will not improve. I am… Continue reading Bridgewater Hospital’s woes will go on without change in agency oversight

Mold, Benadryl, and antipsychotic drugs: New report raises alarms about a state mental facility

Potent drug cocktails replace physical restraints at the medium-security facility for people with mental illness. Boston Globe - By The Editorial Board - February 17, 2022 It was to have been a “culture change” for Bridgewater State Hospital, Governor Charlie Baker promised back in 2016. The medium-security facility for men suffering from mental illness who… Continue reading Mold, Benadryl, and antipsychotic drugs: New report raises alarms about a state mental facility

Chemical restraints, isolation often used at Bridgewater State Hospital, new report says

WBUR by Deborah Becker A new report shows clinic workers at the Bridgewater State Hospital often use chemical restraints and seclusion on people held there in violation of state law. Despite the Baker administration's reforms at Bridgewater State Hospital, the report says the facility has significant structural problems, and that staff members are improperly restraining… Continue reading Chemical restraints, isolation often used at Bridgewater State Hospital, new report says

FFIMI Continues to Sound the Alarm – DLC Report Calls For Shutdown of Bridgewater State Hospital and Move out from DOC to DMH – “It’s just a broken facility in terms of the physical plant but also in terms of the services it provides and does not provide.”

~Tatum Pritchard, Disability Law Center Deeply disturbing findings from Disability Law Center continue to be a front-and-center concern for FFIMI. Not just the dilapidated, unhealthy facility - but equally, or more importantly, the lack of mental health treatment. As litigation director and acting executive director of the Disability Law Center, Tatum Pritchard, states: "It’s a… Continue reading FFIMI Continues to Sound the Alarm – DLC Report Calls For Shutdown of Bridgewater State Hospital and Move out from DOC to DMH – “It’s just a broken facility in terms of the physical plant but also in terms of the services it provides and does not provide.”

Severe Mental Illness and Violence, Revisited  

By Elizabeth Sinclair Hancq, Treatment Advocacy Center As discussed in the article, mental health advocates have avoided any associations of violence and mental illness, due to concerns of stigma, but as the author states, and members of FFIMI can personally attest to, "Failure to acknowledge associations with violence perpetration in turn risks leaving clinical needs unmet… Continue reading Severe Mental Illness and Violence, Revisited