Thursday, March 23, 2006

Must read series

This week, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran a compelling series that is likely to win some awards.

SUNDAY: Preyed upon by opportunists and neglected by the people we pay to care for them, hundreds of Milwaukee's mentally ill people are fending for themselves. It's killing them - literally.

MONDAY: How did filthy homes with questionable landlords and long lists of building code violations become acceptable housing for people with mental illness?

TUESDAY: A host of steps can be taken to make sure people with mental illness live in safe places. One of the first: Local bureaucrats need to stop ignoring the problem and blaming each other.

EDITORIAL: A test for a just society: Thirty years ago, it looked like it was going to be a watershed moment in the treatment of the mentally ill. But what seemed good and just in theory then has turned out to be something quite different in practice.

FOLLOWUP: County calls emergency session on housing