I was very surprised, years ago, when my parents called me for input about which group home Mike should be sent to. Mike had been a resident of Willowbrook on Staten Island, NY, USA, a very large mental institution, housing more than 6,000 patients (also known by some, as ‘inmates’). There was a court ruling, […]
Mike spent many years at Willowbrook, a large mental institution that stood for many years in Staten Island, NY, USA. It was a warehouse, and was described by Robert F. Kennedy as a ‘snake pit’. Mike was in the class of Willowbrook patients that was gradually re-housed in group homes throughout the state. I was […]
I’m sure the interim institution that housed Mike was better than Willowbrook, but it was still a large mental institution.
Trigger warning: When I wrote this, I was using the parlance of the 1950s. No disrespect is intended.