At Least 4 Killed By Mentally Ill Patients In NC Rest Homes


In the past two years, at least four residents of North Carolina rest homes have been killed by fellow patients who had histories of severe mental illness and violence, reports the Raleigh News & Observer. Nearly a decade after the state closed thousands of beds in government-run psychiatric hospitals, more than 6,400 people with severe mental illness are housed in adult care homes and assisted living facilities scattered across the state.

The mental patients, their care typically paid for with taxpayer money, are often far younger than the elderly residents with whom they are housed. The advocacy group Disability Rights North Carolina filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department Monday that contends the state is in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act for failing to provide proper housing for people with mental illness and failing to police the sometimes squalid and dangerous conditions in these homes, which are licensed and inspected by the state.

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