While he used his inaugural speech to caution against heightening expectations, saying "I cannot make promises that I cannot keep," the first-term mayor of Taunton said rich opportunities lie ahead for the sprawling city that has been hit hard by the economic downturn.
Mayor Tom Hoye said he has set reasonable goals for his...
A Pentagon submission to Congress Friday confirmed the Department of Defense is seeking a significant cut in funding from a military communications network developed by General Dynamics C4 Systems in Taunton. The company has said the cut could endanger hundreds of jobs at the plant.
As a Taunton business owner I wanted to voice my support for the destination resort casino. I have been involved in the business community for years and believe this project would help the community as a whole.
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“We are absolutely thrilled with this vote and what it could mean to the future of the mental health system in Massachusetts,” said Karen Coughlin, RN, vice president of the MNA and a nurse at Taunton State Hospital for 28 years. “While there is much work to be done, the Legislature’s actions represent an important first step in an effort to restore the integrity of our tattered mental health safety net.”
Taunton State Hospital is one of only six state-operated mental health facilities in Massachusetts to care...
It was a long time coming … too long most of us would say. But on the afternoon of July 12, when it was clear that the doors of Taunton State Hospital would remain open, we knew we had won a fight that was bigger than us: we had won a fight on behalf of all those who struggle with mental illness, as well those who care for them.
Now, left with only 124 beds to move, it’s a question to how many Taunton State beds, if any, will end up in Tewksbury, and how many employees will be needed to stay at Taunton State.
“The administration was not planning on keeping the facility open,” said state Sen. Marc Pacheco, D-Taunton. “So it’s a different situation now. We don’t know what they are going to do yet. We don’t have the numbers at this time. A lot of that is still up in the air.”
THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on three roll calls and local senators on one roll call from the week of July 9-13.
KEEP TAUNTON STATE HOSPITAL OPEN (H 4000): House 152-0, Senate 39-0, overrode Gov. Patrick's veto of $5.1 million in funding for the Taunton State Hospital to keep the psychiatric facility open to serve patients with mental illnesses at a diminished, 45-bed capacity, down from 169 beds.
Brenda Venice has two adult children who suffer from mental illness. Her daughter has spent time at Taunton State Hospital. She said the state’s move toward an emphasis on community-based services is not the answer to treating those with chronic mental illness.
Gov. Deval Patrick's Community First Initiative, his justification for vetoing the plan to keep several dozen beds open at Taunton State Hospital for the mentally ill, aims to provide "care to individuals with disabilities in appropriate settings."
The pace of the process, however, threatens to hamper work toward that worthy goal, and the best way to ensure proper care for the vulnerable population served at Taunton State, avoid hardships for their families and for hundreds of workers, and administer responsible fiscal policy would be for the Legislature to override the governor's veto.
Karen Curtis, of Harwich, has a 22-year-old son who is civilly committed at Taunton State. Curtis said that, throughout the past year, Department of Mental Health (DMH) officials have encouraged her family to consider moving her son to a group home closer to to her residence on Cape Cod. But she believes that this would be problem and that the setting could lead to safety risks or arrests because, by policy, the group homes are not locked facilities.
“He would not be safe there,” Curtis said, explaining...