Gov. Baker praises local wellness center’s addiction treatment programs

Hampden County

Governor Charlie Baker toured the Stonybrook Stabilization and Treatment Center in Springfield on Thursday.

The center is the first-of-its-kind in western Massachusetts and is for people who have been legally committed for addiction treatment. 

Opened in May by the Hampden County sheriffs department, the center has already treated more than 150 people.

“They’re doing a lot of really important things here,” Gov. Baker said. “And it is a different kind of model then we’ve historically seen. But it does build on the great success that sheriff Ashe had in thinking of this as a rehabilitation option and a get well option rather than a punishment option.”

Currently, the treatment program is for men only, and Sheriff Nick Cocchi said it is his goal to have treatment beds for women as soon as possible.

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