Middlesex County Restoration Center Commission holds inaugural meeting Press Release

MEDFORD, Mass. – A new commission charged with exploring the potential of creating greater opportunity for law enforcement and the courts to divert those with mental illness and/or substance use conditions away from the criminal justice system and towards appropriate treatment held its first meeting on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

Legislation creating the commission was initially sponsored by the late State Senator Ken Donnelly (D- Arlington) prior to his passing last year and was subsequently championed by State Senator Cindy Friedman, Sen. Donnelly’s successor and former chief of staff. Senator Friedman is the Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, and will serve on the 11-member Middlesex County Restoration Center Commission.

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