Massachusetts reviewing placement of mentally-ill in prison system, Sudders says

July 18, 2015
Massachusetts HHS secretary Marylou Sudders is pledging to take a look at the way the state treats those with serious mental illnesses and debilitating substance abuse problems who get caught up in the criminal justice system. Sudders said the administration is reviewing the population at Bridgewater State Hospital - a medium-security prison housing men involved with the criminal justice system who are diagnosed as mentally-ill - to see if some should instead be in the care of the Department of Mental Health. Sudders is also moving ahead with a plan to create beds at Taunton State Hospital for women who have been civilly committed at MCI-Framingham, even though they've committed no crimes. Gov. Charlie Baker has included $5.8 million in a supplemental budget proposal he filed Friday to cover the cost of transferring the women from MCI-Framingham to a Department of Mental Health facility.