Anna Chinappi, director, Office of Communications and Community Engagement at the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, provided a fact sheet that outlines the state’s plans for Taunton State Hospital. According to the fact sheet, the Department of Youth Services currently occupies space in three different buildings on the Taunton campus and serves 80 residents. The facility also contains a 16-bed vendor-run program, the Intensive Residential Treatment Program and High Point Treatment Center has opened a 40-bed unit. The Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance are discussing the possibility of creating an electronic data management center at the site. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is interested in relocating its Region 2 Emergency Operations Center from Bridgewater to Taunton.
Additional services available in the Southeast, according to the fact sheet, include 32 acute psychiatric care beds; five 24/7 emergency service programs; five Programs of Assertive Community Treatment; case management services; crisis stabilization services; eight clubhouses; Homeless Outreach Team program; respite services; mental health court; jail diversion program services; and partial hospitalization services at Corrigan and Pocasset, state-operated community mental health centers.
By Phyllis Hanlon