First New State Hospital for Mental Health, Recovery OpensA few weeks ago, Massachusetts celebrated the opening of its first state-of-the-art treatment facility for mental health concerns in over 60 years. The 320-bed state hospital was opened at a cost of over $300 million, and demonstrates the state’s commitment to the severely mentally ill — and help them better integrate back into their local communities.

The hospital is located in Worcester, Mass. and is called the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital. Notice that “recovery center” is placed in the name before the word “hospital,” emphasizing the change in focus of this facility. According to the state’s Department of Mental Health, it is the largest non-transportation construction project ever completed in Massachusetts.

But it’s unlike any state mental hospital you’ve ever seen before.

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First New State Hospital for Mental Health, Recovery Opens

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  1. A million dollars a bed.

    And people wonder why the country is on the brink of economic collapse.

  2. John you didn’t write this article. It’s the same rubbish the MA Dept. of Mental Health has been spewing for years and it’s complete nonsense. This facility resembles a prison or a factory and will have nothing to do with people getting better. It’s very unhomelike if anything. It’s huge like a warehouse and there are many safety concerns due to the nature of patients that will be there. Of course, they have to say it’s great, otherwise they’ll look like fools spending that much money on a hospital. This facility may be great for staff, but not for patients. They are always under lock and key and can’t even walk outside except in prison-like courtyards with high fences to prevent escape.

  3. I live in MA and this article glosses over a lot of facts. Yes, its a nice idea and concept and I do like the improvements. However, this is coming at a sacrifice of available beds when there aren’t enough beds as it is. Furthermore, the southeastern part of the state will no longer have a long-term care state hospital. This means family members and friends of patients may have to travel in excess of four hours each way if coming from the Cape/Islands. This is a horrible idea because it will scale back family involvement and community ties which isn’t going to help matters. I laugh because the commissioner of DMH stated that that the goal is community based treatment in group homes with “highly trained staff.” I worked in mental health group homes for two agencies and got absolutely no training. I shadowed for two shifts that weren’t even the shift I was working and then I was considered trained. It is an incredibly broken system.

  4. This Recovery Center will be a great resource for those in the Massachusetts area. It is nice to see government is supporting recovery plans instead of only treatment plans.

    • Really?? Didn’t know that!

  5. Well said Mary!
    This article IS misleading and offensive. My son has been at Taunton State Hospital for two years, and is doing well there. He can work, participate in his groups, and walk outside on the beautiful grounds there. THERE IS NO SHAME in our decision to keep him there!

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