Advocates are concerned that there have been no substantive changes at Bridgewater State Hospital (BSH). Some families and patients report that mistreatment and abuse continues.
Two years ago the Globe Spotlight Team’s Michael Rezendes revealed conditions at Bridgewater State Hospital that led to the death of Joshua Messier and a $3M settlement. At the same time, several other cases of gross mistreatment were settled out of court.
BSH is a medium security prison managed by the Department of Corrections, with privatized for profit medical and mental health care provided by a Virginia-based company.
In December 2015, a new monitor at BSH was appointed for two years as part of an agreement between the Patrick Administration and the Disability Law Center (DLC). DLC opened an office at BSH to oversee conditions. DLC wants to hear from people who may have a loved one (currently or recently) at BSH. DLC is also seeking conversations with people were committed civilly to BSH since January 2015.
Please join us at the Cambridge Main Library on April 7 for an update on the BSH status, starting at 5pm. The formal presentation begins at 6:15 and lasts until 6:45pm. A discussion with the audience will last from 6:45 until 8:15pm. An RSVP is requested by April 1 if you plan to arrive at 5pm, when light refreshments will be served. (See flyer for more information.)
The original DLC report from July 2014 can be found at http://www.dlc-ma.org/bsh/BSHReport.pdf
The settlement memo from January 23, 2015 can be found at http://namicentralmiddlesex.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/BSH_Settlement_Memo.pdf