A History of Violence

Facilities around California--like Atascadero State Hospital--have suffered under changes to the state's mental health system

"A History of Violence" (PDF)

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"While the new, cushier models have been praised by those who created and mandated them, side effects have included increased assaults on staffers, increased patient-on-patient assaults, low staff morale, paranoia, and fear. Beneath the entire system is a philosophy that upended the way staff treated patients."