Mass. Locked Up People With ‘Mental Illness’ for Decades. Now Advocates Want Their Stories Told


From WBUR News: “For many years, people with disabilities and mental illness in Massachusetts were locked away in state institutions to be kept separate from the rest of society.

Now some advocates and families are pushing to create a commission to reckon with the way patients were treated and the abuses they endured.

‘There is no formal statement of what the state schools and what the state hospitals were or why they came to be, what they were, how they closed,’ said Alex Green, a Waltham resident and Harvard public policy lecturer who is spearheading efforts to establish the commission.

Green said he wants the unvarnished history to be told, as he walked the grounds of the long-shuttered Metropolitan State Hospital where Belmont, Waltham and Lexington come together.”

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