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Housing the Mentally Ill – The Court Decides

Stephen M. Raffle, M.D.

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By Stephen M. Raffle, M.D.

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“State Discriminated Against Mentally Ill, Judge Rules,” The New York Times, By James Barron, September 8, 2009

“…The judge, Nicholas G. Garaufis of Federal District Court in Brooklyn, ruled that the state was violating the Americans With Disabilities Act by housing more than 4,300 mentally ill people in New York City in more than two dozen adult homes…” …read the complete article

“A Cycle of Promises Not Kept, The New York Times, By Jim Dwyer, September 8, 2009

“…When the time came for S. K. to go home, her sister could not cope with her illness and would not take her back.

“Although S. K. was able to care for herself, manage her money and live alone, she wound up in an adult home — privately run facilities that have as many as 400 people under one roof. For nearly 40 years, adult homes have been the subject of scandal, outrage, investigations and promises of reform, much like the state hospitals they were supposed to replace. By now, the largest adult homes have more residents than psychiatric hospitals…”…read the complete article

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