Scattered all over this country are the remains of our answer to helping people with mental illness. During the 1980s almost all these facilities were closed and many people were left to live on the street as best they could. These old asylums were as large as a college campus and self-sufficient. They grew their own food and had their own power plants.
Now the ones that haven’t been torn down lie shattered like many of the lives of the residence who once lived there. A stark reminder that as a society we have yet come to grips with mental illness or its treatment.