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From Snake Pits to Cash Cows: Politics and Public Institutions in New York

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Public institutions for people with developmental disabilities continue to operate within New York State, although their very existence has been condemned, and public policies directed their complete closure by the year 2000. From Snake Pits to Cash Cows investigates why these institutions persevere despite virtually universal predictions of their demise. Paul J. Castellan ...more
Hardcover, 314 pages
Published March 10th 2005 by State University of New York Press (first published 2005)
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From Snake Pits to Cash Cows is a highly detailed, thoroughly researched study of the New York State Mental Health Institution System in the twentieth century.

After World War II, the mental health system expanded rapidly across the state as numerous facilities were built to accommodate people of many disabilities. But when the Willowbrook center in Staten Island was revealed to be a place of gross violations of not only laws, but of basic human dignity of the residents, the cries for change ros
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