For Immediate Release - June 18, 2014

Statement of Attorney General Martha Coakley Regarding Proposed Reforms to Treat Mentally Ill in Massachusetts

Today, Governor Patrick announced a series of proposed reforms to better care for the mentally ill in Massachusetts including an increase in full-time mental health clinicians, improved and more comprehensive training for all hospital employees and a decrease in the use of restraints and isolation. In response, Attorney General Martha Coakley said:

“We believe that fundamental reforms are needed to better treat those with mental illness at Bridgewater Hospital and across our Commonwealth. The proposed initiatives are significant steps towards addressing those issues and we will continue to advocate for these reforms and others to improve care for those with mental illness. I want to thank Governor Patrick for his thoughtful and comprehensive approach to this important issue.”