An investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that as the state of Georgia has begun moving residents of state psychiatric institutions into privately-run group homes and other small, community-based institutions, residents have been put at risk of injury and in some cases death. 

Under the care of two of the largest for-profit companies running these homes, 53 people died in Georgia alone between 2014 and 2016. Their deaths in many cases seem to have been unexpected and preventable. 

Poor training and cost-cutting measures led to neglect and abuse in many cases, according to the AJC’s review of dozens of lawsuits, government investigations, and news reports.