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Public hearing today in Brockton on state mental health system (MS)

By Enterprise staff
The Enterprise
Posted Jun 09, 2009 @ 10:56 AM

BROCKTON — A new state commission is holding a series of public hearings on adult mental health issues, including a public hearing in Brockton from 4-6 p.m. today at the Massasoit Conference Center, 770 Crescent St. The state Department of Mental Health notified The Enterprise of this public hearing this morning.

State officials said in a press release that the Executive Office of Health and Human Services appointed a Department of Mental Health Adult Inpatient Study Commission. The commission is co-chaired by James T. Brett, president and CEO of the New England Council, and Marylou Sudders, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

"The purpose of the commission is to assist EOHHS and the Department in fulfilling its vision to provide a most responsive mental health delivery system that embraces the values of recovery, choice and self-determination. The commission will, after a series of public hearings evaluate the department’s adult inpatient and community systems of care; determine an appropriate inpatient capacity for the Department; and recommend a plan to the EOHHS Secretary for consideration by the end of June 2009," the press release from the DMH said.

The commission will be reviewing all DMH inpatient settings in the state, including locally Taunton State Hospital and the Brockton Multi-Service Center.

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