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May 1, 2002


God bless the New York

God bless the New York Times. They just published a report about adult homes for the mentally ill in New York City. Pretty shocking stuff. I am going to quote at length here:

  • A yearlong reporting effort by The New York Times, drawing upon more than 5,000 pages of annual state inspection reports, 200 interviews with workers, residents and family members, and three dozen visits to the homes show that many of them have devolved into places of misery and neglect, just like the psychiatric institutions before them.
  • The Times's investigation has produced the first full accounting of deaths of adult home residents. At 26 of the largest and most troubled homes in the city, which collectively shelter some 5,000 mentally ill people, The Times documented 946 deaths from 1995 through 2001. Of those, 326 were of people under 60, including 126 in their 20's, 30's and 40's.
A federal inquiry has begun as a result of the Times' reporting. (Tx to Babak who emphasized this story.)

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