It's very interesting to learn about the evolution of mental health care in America. Click any of these pics to enlarge.
The closing of these facilities lead to the high numbers of prisoners and homeless we now have in this country.
A very sad fact is that many of the patients lived here their whole lives and it was the only home they knew. Suddenly, they were just turned loose having no idea how to live outside of the asylum. Their families certainly didn't want to take them back.
It's horrible to think that the practices and beliefs about mental health by the top doctors in the country were almost all wrong.