Mar 15, 2022

A federal appropriations bill signed into law by President Biden includes $1.65 million for a Middlesex County Restoration Center to provide crisis and urgent care for people with behavioral health needs, diverting them from arrest, jail, and hospitalization.

The FY2022 appropriations bill that included the funding was signed by President Biden on March 15. MAMH President & CEO Danna Mauch and Middlesex County Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian thanked Congresswoman Lori Trahan for her leadership in securing the funding.

"Each day, members of law enforcement are called upon to respond to situations in which individuals are experiencing a behavioral health crisis," said Koutoujian. "Establishing this center will provide law enforcement in Middlesex County a greater opportunity to divert individuals away from the criminal justice system and into treatment – improving outcomes for individuals, their families and all those who live and work in our communities.”

Mauch noted that Congresswoman's Trahan's support is critical to the next phase of the planned project, which includes piloting a Restoration Center model to reduce arrest and hospitalization for some of our most vulnerable neighbors. "I am excited to work with her on obtaining this critical funding to make these needed services a reality,” she said.

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