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  • Insane. Invisible. In Danger.

    Each year, Florida courts send thousands of patients to live in state-funded mental hospitals. They go because they are seriously ill, mentally broken and potentially dangerous. They need round-the-clock care to avoid hurting themselves or someone else. But in Florida, the care that patients, their families – and society – count on has given way to state-run chaos. Over the past six years, Florida has tried to run these hospitals on the cheap, quietly stripping them of $100 million in funding in order to plug holes in more politically popular programs. The result: mental patients are warehoused, cared for by startlingly few trained workers, and living in a violent environment that has led to the death and injury of patients and staff. And the state has kept it all secret.
  • Safety and Suicide

    Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults in Washington state. KUOW’s two-part investigation examined how the Northwest’s largest mental hospital failed to save 20-year-old Megan Templeton from herself and how other Western State Hospital patients fell through the cracks of the institution that was supposed to save them from themselves.
  • "Annie's Ghosts"

    Steve Luxenberg had always believed his mother was an only child. Shortly before her death, however, it was revealed that she had a "disabled sister." Once Luxenberg started digging, a multitude of secrets were revealed, including his mother's attempts at hiding her sister's existence. His investigation acknowledges how his aunt and so many others came to live anonymously in mental hospitals for so long.
  • The Suicide Bed

    This investigation "exposes a pattern of cover-ups, altered records, and secrecy surrounding a series of deaths inside a state-run mental hospital."
  • A Hidden Shame: Danger and Death in Georgia's Mental Hospitals

    This series exposed problems in Georgia's state psychiatric hospitals. At least 155 patients died under suspicious circumstances related to neglect, abuse and poor medical treatment. Furthermore, patients are often discharged to places where their continued treatment is doubtful, such as homeless shelters, bus stations and street corners.
  • Sexually Violent Predators

    The Sacramento Bee investigates as a decade after the state of California adopted the nation's toughest laws regarding sexually violent predators, enforcement has fallen short of expectations. Those deemed to have the highest risk of being repeat offenders "were sent to Atascadero State Mental Hospital following their prison terms." But of 54 molesters released from the mental hospital, "none had gone through the full treatment regimen designed for them" and worse, "more than two-thirds underwent no treatment at all." In addition, "those who refused treatment had been released to society with fewer restrictions and less monitoring than the four who had completed the five-stage program."
  • Group Homes Investigation

    This Detroit News report investigates allegations of abuse, dilapidated conditions and massive cover-ups among adult foster care and group homes for the mentally ill. Because the state relies so heavily on privately-owned facilities for the care of thousands of mental patients, government officials were often accused of protecting the owners, despite numerous complaints.
  • Mental Breakdown

    An investigation into real and perceived problems caused by closing a state mental health hospital and changing the way that the indigent mentally ill receive services.
  • The Yates Odyssey

    When Andrea Yeates drowned her five children in the bathtub, the country was shocked at what she had done. Time uncovered how this could happen and who is responsible for missing the warning signs.
  • A Tortuous path for the Mentally Ill

    California, which today released patients from state mental hospitals beginning in the 1960s, has largely reneged on its promise to follow through with care and support in the community for seriously ill patients.