Middlesex County Restoration Center Commission

The Middlesex County Restoration Center Commission is tasked with piloting a program to create a restoration center in Middlesex County.

The 13-member Middlesex County Restoration Center Commission – chaired by Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian and Dr. Danna Mauch, the President and CEO of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health – is tasked by the MA Legislature with piloting a program to create a restoration center in Middlesex County.

The center would provide behavioral health services to individuals in mental health or substance use crisis. These services would help support ongoing law enforcement diversionary efforts across New England’s most populous county, diverting individuals with behavioral health conditions from arrest or unnecessary hospitalization.

In June, the Commission submitted its report and findings regarding next steps. Please click here for a brief summary. The complete report is available here, with additional information in the Appendix here. You can find more information regarding the Commission on its website here.

In October, MAMH submitted testimony to support creation of a criminal justice and community support trust fund, which would create a trust fund that could accept third-party funding for behavioral health diversion from the criminal justice system. Such a trust fund would provide a repository for outside resources to support criminal justice and hospitalization diversion activities such as those proposed in the Commission report. You can access the testimony here.