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Mass Gaming Commission Tours Hampden's Western Mass. Recovery And Wellness Center

The Hampden County Sheriff's Office welcomed the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) for an exclusive tour of the Western Mass. Recovery & Wellness Center.

The tour showcased the invaluable treatment services offered at the state-of-the-art facility, which relocated to Mill Street from Howard Street in Springfield after the development of the MGM Springfield casino. The tour was organized in response to the MGC’s efforts to understand and support local recovery and wellness programs through the disbursement of Community Mitigation funds, which have aided the Recovery & Wellness Center after it had its lease increase by more than $400,000 over the previous building.

The regional treatment center opened in 1985, and serves justice-involved residents who are sentenced at the county, state, or federal levels. Since opening nearly 40 years ago, the facility has served more than 18,000 clients.

“This facility serves people with substance use disorder and addiction-related people not just from Worcester west, but from across the Commonwealth. We also take on step-down inmates from the state Department of Correction and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, helping each of them find their own successful path to long-term recovery,” said Sheriff Nick Cocchi. “We truly appreciate the Gaming Commission spending time learning about how we approach addiction treatment, and listening to clients who have changed their lives through hard work with the help of our staff at the Recovery and Wellness Center. We hope the commissioners left with a thorough understanding of our evidence-based program, and an appreciation for the ever-growing need in the community which our facility’s staff helps address every day.”

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