House Budget’s Consent to Closure of Taunton State Hospital Represents Abandonment of Mentally Ill

Frontline Caregivers Say State’s Mental Health System is Already in Shambles.
Shortage of Beds and Lack of Funding Jeopardizes Patient Safety.
Proposed Closing Will Be Devastating for the State’s Most Vulnerable Residents.
Leading to Overcrowding of Emergency Rooms, Increased Homelessness and Suicide. Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, April 25, 2012 Boston – Last night the state’s House of Representatives failed to adopt a strong amendment preventing the closure of Taunton State Hospital, which also would have called for a comprehensive study of the growing mental health crisis in Massachusetts, opting instead to pass an anemic consolidated amendment ... House