An abusive place now become a caring place - hopefully
Posted Oct 22 2008 4:32pm
One of the nation's most notorious psychiatric hospitals - where abuse and carelessness were once considered the norm, and where a famous patient, folk singer Woodie Guthrie, met Bob Dylan - has reopened.
The 450-bed facility will replace aging buildings long plagued by shoddy conditions. Here are some other age-old problems with the facility, as reported by The New York Times:
- It's been long criticized as substandard and plagued by a rash of escapes and assaults on patients.
- Built in 1876, the hospital has been criticized over the last quarter-century by state judges and lawmakers as offering less than ideal care to its mentally ill patients. - Its environment, in the physical and psychological sense, was once said to ''strain the meaning of humane.''
- During unannounced visits, committee investigators found some patients sitting idle in day rooms without lamps, reading materials or games. Others slept on floors.
- Some had no access to soap or toilet paper, and 44 more had to share four toilets because other toilets were broken.