State Issues RFI for Shattuck Hospital Programming, New Uses

The state has issued a Request for Information (RFI) this week regarding the Shattuck Hospital site in Jamaica Plain – a document that will look to select participants to create a new public health use on the site when the Shattuck moves to the South End.

The RFI comes after a long planning process over the past year that has played out in several meetings where representatives from Jamaica Plain, the South End and several City/state officials discussed plans. That visioning process has culminated with the issuance of the RFI this week.

The RFI revealed the future vision of the Shattuck, which is a campus for mental health and substance abuse services coordinated with the coming Long Island recovery campus.

“To achieve this vision, the Commonwealth hopes to provide a continuum of mental health and substance use services, permanent supportive housing, emergency shelter and wrap-around supportive services for those in the behavioral health system,” read the RFI. “In addition, EOHHS seeks to create a healing environment on the future Campus that takes advantage of and integrates with the unique location adjacent to Franklin Park, provides broader community programing, and fosters social connectivity for clients and the broader community.”

The vision laid out in the RFI also includes supportive housing, which many believed would be part of the bargain.

“This vision includes redeveloping the Campus into a community-integrated setting that would provide a continuum of behavioral health and health care services, a minimum of 75-100 units of supportive housing and other complementary services,” it read.

Services outlined in the RFI include:

•Ambulatory behavioral health services, including urgent psychiatric care services

•Limited health service clinics or outpatient medical services

•Substance use and co-occurring disorder treatment and recovery services, including inpatient, residential and outpatient services

•Supportive housing or emergency shelter

•Job training or workforce development 

•Pharmacy services

•Outreach, navigation, and education services for people with behavioral health needs

•Case management and other wrap-around services.

The RFI also stipulated that long-range planning for the Shattuck has included Boston’s plan for a Recovery Campus on Long Island, saying that they are looking at how the new use of the Shattuck could complement Long Island.

Responses to the RFI must be returned by May 17.

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