A 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.