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NC’s ‘institutional bias’ favors mental health care in facilities, not communities

This is the third in a three-part series investigating North Carolina’s psychiatric residential treatment facilities where children with complex behavioral needs are sent for care.

North Carolina Senator Jim Burgin, a Republican from Harnett County, remembers a trip he took with Disability Rights North Carolina last spring to inspect two psychiatric residential facilities. To say he was disappointed in what he saw is an understatement.

“It was basically a warehouse for children,” Burgin said. “I would not have boarded my dog in either one of these facilities.”

Burgin would not name the facilities and said they have since closed. But he added he doesn’t know that the ones currently in operation meet a standard he would approve.

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