Bridgewater State Hospital

Bridgewater State Hospital


20 Administration Road
Bridgewater, MA 02324






Massachusetts Department of Correction


The Joint Commission


Massachusetts Department of Public Health


Recovery Solutions was awarded a contract through a competitive solicitation process to transform Bridgewater State Hospital (BSH) from a custody-oriented to a treatment-oriented model in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Correction. RS assumed operations in March 2017.


BSH embraces recovery-oriented, trauma-informed care for all persons served. The recovery model promotes persons served choice and tailors treatment to meet individual needs based on the assessments of a multi-disciplinary treatment team. Support of family, friends, or other individuals selected by the persons served are encouraged to participate.


BSH provides evidence-based, trauma-informed behavioral health services to individuals housed at BSH for pre-trial evaluations of competency to stand trial, those deemed incompetent to stand trial or not guilty by reason of insanity, “aid in sentencing” evaluations, and for those requiring inpatient psychiatric hospitalization who meet the criteria for strict security. Services include individualized assessment, multidisciplinary treatment planning, psychiatric services, competency restoration, integrated treatment for co-occurring psychiatric and substance disorders, court reports, court testimony, competency evaluations, psychosocial rehabilitation, discharge planning, medical care, pharmacy, food/nutrition, facility maintenance, transportation, and safety. BSH has developed processes for ensuring respect for persons served rights, prevention of abuse, neglect and exploitation, the virtual elimination of seclusion and restraint, and effective linkages to the community, legal system, state psychiatric facilities, and other agencies.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology:

Along with acting as a pre-doctoral practicum and APA internship inpatient rotation site, BSH has a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology for psychology graduates looking to further specialize in forensic assessment. The fellowship is designed to provide advanced training in the specialized area of forensic psychology, with an emphasis on forensic mental health assessment. The objective is to provide training in forensic psychology that is both empirically and practically relevant. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the forensic field, and its increasing expansion into other arenas of psychology, it is our philosophy that a proficient forensic psychologist not only exudes exceptional psycho-legal competence but also embodies well-rounded abilities as a researcher and clinician. We believe these skills complement each other and achieve a holistic impact. With this in mind, our training model is designed to provide advanced educational, research, and practical training that will carry real-world professional benefits. Fellows will gain experience in forensic assessment in criminal and civil contexts such as competence to stand trial, criminal responsibility, violence risk assessment, and aid in sentencing. Additionally, fellows will have opportunity to provide expert testimony to courts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and to complete research in an area of interest. Click here to view the BSH Forensic Psychology Fellowship Brochure for more information.

Significant Achievements:

• Interviewed, hired, and completed comprehensive orientation for 400+ staff within 60 days
• Dramatic reduction in the use of restraint and seclusion by more than 90%
• Closed the Intensive Treatment Unit for highest risk persons served on Day One
• Implemented evidence-based programming, including cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and illness management and recovery
• Implemented our electronic medical record to manage persons served care in the treatment program
• Collaborated with the Department on plan to renovate physical plant to provide a more therapeutic treatment environment


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