Here’s what could change for the embattled Bridgewater State Hospital (MassLive)

Below is an excerpt from an article published by MassLive on March 20 discussing the impact of a recently released report by the Disability Law Center on Bridgewater State Hospital.


Last week, a watchdog group released a damning report about the Massachusetts Department of Corrections’ Bridgewater State Hospital — a psychiatric hospital for men who have been accused or convicted of a crime. Major changes could be in store for the hospital in coming months.

The 46-page report from Disability Law Center — a Boston-based disability advocacy nonprofit — alleges a litany of eye-popping patient abuses at the hospital, including involuntary restraint through medication, physical violence from staff, seclusion for all but a handful of hours and negligent medical care.

Patient stories in the report made Bridgewater State Hospital sound like the psychiatric hospitals of a previous era that are now most often featured in horror media. The nonprofit detailed accounts of patients being dragged to a bed to be forcibly injected with a restraint drug, left alone and naked in their room for weeks and wasting away with little to no medical or mental health care in a dangerously moldy and decrepit building.

Read more at MassLive.