Monday, November 3, 2014

Senator Ross Appointed to Oversight Group on Bridgewater State Hospital

Senator Richard Ross has been appointed by Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr to serve on the Bridgewater State Hospital Working Group.

The Bridgewater State Hospital Working Group was established in the FY15 budget to examine and make recommendations relative to mental health services, care and protection of inmates, and the implementation of training requirements for employees coming into contact with inmates at Bridgewater State Hospital.

“Mental illness is an incredibly serious issue across the Commonwealth. As a member of the Joint Committees on Public Safety, Judiciary, and Mental Health and Substance Abuse, I have much experience listening and working with residents who battle mental health disorders on a daily basis,” said Senator Ross. “I am eager to get started so that we can target mental illness head on, increase oversight, and find the most cost-effective methods of treatment for these individuals.”