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  • The Innocents: How U.S. Immigration Policy Punishes Migrant Children

    Federal immigration policies that separated children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border had real, traumatic consequences on the most vulnerable members of our society. This series of exclusive investigations identified “tender age shelters” warehousing babies and toddlers, exposed a Virginia shelter where migrant teenagers described horrific abuse and followed a Salvadoran mother who came close to losing her daughter to adoption, revealing the legal possibility that separated children could be permanently taken from their parents. AP also followed the money, highlighting the billion-dollar business in migrant child detention, a sector that has grown tenfold in the last decade. Just before year’s end, AP broke the news that the government was keeping most of the 14,000 migrant kids in its care in shelters with hundreds of others, despite expert warnings that mass institutionalization can cause life-long trauma. Based on deep source reporting and exclusive data, the story was the first to provide the number of children in every government-contracted detention center, shelter and foster care program dating back to 2017 - data the government had been withholding all year.
  • Last of the Institutions

    “Last of the Institutions” is a multi-part series exposing Washington state’s outdated social policy of continued segregation and isolation of people with a developmental disability through institutionalization. Despite decades of research showing institutionalization is detrimental to people, and the Dept. of Justice’s stance that segregation of the disabled is a form of unlawful discrimination, Washington operates more institutions and houses more people in them than nearly every other state in the country. http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/investigations/2015/12/03/last-institutions/76123472/ https://vimeo.com/k5investigators/last-of-the-institutions
  • Abused & Used

    The series focused on the treatment and care of the developmentally disabled in New York state, which spend far more than any other state on the developmentally disabled. The series comes nearly four decades after abuses were uncovered at Willowbrook, a state facility on Staten Island, a scandal that touched off a wave of deinstitutionalization nationwide.
  • The Forgotten

    This story is an inside look at the systematic warehousing of more than 17,000 adults and children in Serbia's mental institutions. Dateline NBC gained unprecedented access to remote, government-run facilities and found alarming and sometimes life-threatening conditions. The institutions are remnants of Serbia's communist past and symbols of a deeply ingrained prejudice against the mentally disabled and their families. Serbia's medical establishment continues to advise parents to put their mentally disabled newborns into institutions, and the government provides virtually no support for those who choose not to. In mental institutions throughout Serbia, Dateline found adults and children crammed into fetid rooms and metal cribs, their bodies emaciated, atrophied and disfigured. Some residents appeared to be children but they were actually young adults whose growth had been stunted by years of institutionalization. One of our most disturbing discoveries came while staying overnight in a dangerously overcrowded institution. There we learned that children are routinely tied to their bed railings for long periods of time - a practice that one disability rights organization says meets the legal definition of torture under international law.
  • A dangerous place: Assisted living in Virginia

    This 18-month investigation revealed a troubled and worsening record of care at assisted living homes, including avoidable injuries and deaths of residents and poor oversight by state regulators. The Post found that many of the residents were sent to homes after years of institutionalization or even out of prison, a combustible mix that led to violence, sexual assaults and homicide. Weak licensing laws and poor enforcement allowed facilities deemed unsafe by regulators to remain open years later.
  • Bird Brains

    "While 2.3 million Americans suffer from bipolar disorder, the National Institute of Mental Health is studying how pigeons think." Only eight percent of NIMH's grants go toward research of clinical or treatment aspects of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder. In 1997, NIMH spent more money on AIDS research than on schizophrenia research. "Therefore, the total amount of federal funds spent upon individuals with severe psychiatric disorders is over $40 billion per year. This is three times the annual cost of the nation's space program, four times the cost of all our foreign aid programs, and more than 10 times the cost of the federal prison service."
  • 7 1/2 Days

    City Limits explores mental health services available for low-income people. Findings showed that patients no longer languish for lengthy periods in state psychiatric centers, but languish for 72 hour periods in psychiatric emergency rooms, or for weeks in the acute wards of general hospitals.
  • One flew into the cuckoo's nest

    Insights runs several articles examining the plight of the mentally ill. Issues covered include crime, institutionalization, depression and homelessness.
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    The Columbus Dispatch looks at three young lives and their families' struggle to pay for their medical expenses. The eight month series also exposes the process of how the state encourages the institutionalization of some handicapped children. (Sept. 17 - 20, 1995)
  • Death of Homeless Woman a Tragedy for Social System

    The Bangor Daily News reconstructs the last days of the life of a homeless, mentally ill woman; her story illustrates the legacy of deinstitutionalization--the policy of releasing mentally ill people from state institutions in communities with inadequate housing and mental health services.