Mass. legislators debate whether to fund addiction programs that lock people up

WBURBy Deborah BeckerApril 21, 2022 Massachusetts lawmakers are debating whether to continue supporting programs that put people inside jails and prisons for addiction treatment. Both Gov. Charlie Baker and the House leadership have proposed setting aside roughly $23 million in the budget for such addiction programs. But State Rep. Ruth Balser has filed budget amendments […]

The Jailing of Jesse Harvey

A drug war activist turned to civil commitment for help — and found a civil liberties nightmare. Type InvestigationsBy Jordan Michael SmithMarch 23, 2022 Jesse Harvey had one big idea left. Charismatic and outspoken, he was a graduate student of public policy at the University of Southern Maine and a prominent activist battling the drug […]

Changes to Section 35 are being reviewed by lawmakers. Here’s what you should know.

“Section 35 is meant to be a very limited application.” Boston.comDecember 1, 2021By Dialynn Dwyer Massachusetts ended the practice in 2016 of sending women to correctional facilities for addiction treatment when they are civilly committed. Now, an effort is underway to do the same for men who are involuntarily committed under the state’s Section 35 […]

Hearing shows setting matters for addiction, mental health care

State House News/MassLiveNovember 9, 2021By Katie Lannan BOSTON (SHNS) – Two sets of elected officials on Monday offered different visions on the role of correctional facilities in addiction treatment, an issue that has become part of the public debate over how to respond to the substance use and homelessness crises at Boston’s Massachusetts Avenue and […]

Press Release: Public Health & Human Rights for Mass. and Cass Coalition calls on Mayor-Elect Wu to take a health-centered approach to Mass. and Cass

PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS AND ADVOCATES PRESENT EVIDENCE-BASED SOLUTIONS TO INTERSECTING CRISES FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BOSTON, November 3, 2021 – A new coalition of public health, addiction, housing, and civil liberties experts today called on Boston Mayor-Elect Michelle Wu to take a health-centered approach to the intersecting crises people are experiencing in the area of Melnea […]

Media Advisory: Medical, public health, and addiction experts to urge officials to take a health-focused approach at “Mass. and Cass”

MEDIA ADVISORY TODAY: Medical, public health, and addiction experts to urge officials to take a health-focused approach at “Mass. and Cass” BOSTON, October 27, 2021 – Public health and addiction professionals, advocates for unhoused people, and legal experts will gather today, October 27 at Bradston Street in Boston to urge officials to take a health-focused approach at Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard. The […]