Great read. — T.J.
Many years ago thousands of people lived in the most horrifying of conditions in state hospitals throughout this country. Many, many people literally lost their lives to a system that justified oppression as being “for their own good.” Our response to this horror was 30 years ago to start the process of de-institutionalization. We were going to provide community based treatment and set people free to get a chance at the life they deserved. But we forgot about the treatment, we set very few really free and gave a whole generation of people a life that we would have never chosen for ourselves.
We discarded a whole population of people. We left them to live in the alleys and streets, to fill our jails, and to die with lives wasted and hopes never really given a chance. Simply they cost too much. And when they fell through the cracks, indeed…
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