The Taunton State Hospital specializes in treating a serious subset of the mentally ill, including people with severe psychosis. Patients include women who are considered too dangerous to be housed in correctional facilities and men fresh from the higher-security Bridgewater facility for the criminally insane. It’s a population that requires intensive services, and can’t easily — or, in some cases, safely — be absorbed into the state Department of Mental Health’s network of community-based group homes.
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