D.C.’s mental health system isn’t worthy of celebration

D.C.’s mental health system isn’t worthy of celebration

By Letter to the Editor

D.C. Mental Health SystemRegarding the Sept. 14 editorial “A long-overdue recovery”:

While St. Elizabeths Hospital has modestly improved through its new building and the efforts of Stephen T. Baron, its director, the District’s approach to residents with the most severe mental illnesses is no cause for congratulation.

When men and women can be found, on almost any block, muttering to voices nobody else can hear, wearing urine-drenched clothing they’re not even aware of, sleeping in doorways or on steaming Metro grates and eating out of trash cans, we are not seeing evidence of “a flourishing system of community health care.”

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