Local treatment centers receive funding from Baker-Polito Administration

Hampden County

The Baker-Polito Administration is funding 26 new residential rehabilitation treatment programs across the state. The Mental Health Association already helps more than 600 people in western Massachusetts, and soon they’ll be able to help even more people in our region. 

Funding from the Baker-Polito Administration will help individuals with mental health issues and addiction. 

Four hundred new beds will be dispersed to treatment programs across the state to serve those at risk for substance abuse. The Mental Health Association is one local treatment program that will add 40 new beds to their service system. 

Christine Palmieri MHA Vice President of Recovery and Housing Services said, “This will give us an outstanding opportunity to treat these issues in the same place with the same team and provide the support that’s necessary to help not only address the issue at the moment but provide people will long term support to return back to their community and thrive.”

According to the department of public health, the risk of an opioid related overdose death is six times higher for people diagnosed with a serious mental illness. 

Sara Kendall MHA Vice President of Clinical Operations told 22News, “We are so thankful to the Baker-Polito administration to really support for quite a bit now the opportunity for us to have services more services more appropriate services to really meet the need.”

MHA provides short term care to those suffering from addiction and mental health issues. Because of the additional beds from the state, MHA now has the opportunity to expand their services and help young adults and the LGBTQ community. 

You can reach MHA by emailing GRIT@MHAinc.org

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