9 Highland Road: Sane Living for the Mentally Ill(S2556)

by Michael Winerip | Health, Mind & Body | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0679761608 Global Overview for this book
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Journal Entry 1 by SAMMY-SAMSEL from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Wednesday, March 29, 2006
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In an age of shrinking state budgets and sophisticated antipsychotic medications, supervised group homes have become the backbone of America's beleaguered mental health system. This keenly gripping book takes readers inside one such home--situated at 9 Highland Road in Glen Cove, New York--and into the lives of its residents, their families and counselors.

Twenty years ago, most of the chronic mentally ill lived in crowded, rundown state hospitals and asylums. Since then, due to federal court intervention and remarkable advances in antipsychotic medicine, there has been nothing less than a revolution in the care of the mentally ill. More and more handicapped adults live in publicly funded housing or group homes. Group homes not only offer the most effective care for the mentally ill, but also are a solution to our most pressing social problem: the homeless. 9 Highland Road is an unprecedented and riveting account of the life and lives of a group home for the mentally ill: the residents, their families, and the counselors, social workers, and psychologists with whom they work. Focusing on five residents in particular, Michael Winerip charts their fortunes and misfortunes, progress and setbacks, over a period of three years. In astonishing detail, we see the content and quality of their daily lives, the different ways in which their families cope, and the role of the mental care establishment and of state bureaucracies in decisions relating to their care. Above all, we see five men and women struggling to gain control over their lives, and to find a true measure of dignity and satisfaction in that achievement. With exceptional acuity and empathy, Winerip has penetrated a heretofore closed world. He has written a book that will permanently alter our prejudices and perceptions about the mentally ill.

Publishers Weekly
Julie Callahan, victim of her father's sexual and physical abuse, suffers multiple personality disorder. Anthony Constantine, a paranoid schizophrenic, wrestles with tormenting voices whose power is reduced somewhat by the drug clozapine. Stan Gunter, a polyglot pianist, plunged four stories after he heard God commanding him to jump over a balcony; miraculously he survived. These are some of the residents of a group home for the mentally ill in Glen Cove, N.Y., the focus of this harrowing account by New York Times national educational correspondent Winerip. Having spent two years at the home on a daily basis, he makes us care deeply about these people, their crises and breakthroughs in therapy. Beginning with coverage of community protests that aimed to prevent the home from opening in 1987, this narrative highlights warring state and local agencies, funding cutbacks and bureaucratic snafus; in so doing, it exposes glaring weaknesses in the mental health system. (June)

Library Journal
Most people are not familiar with the idea of group homes for the mentally ill. Winerip, a correspondent for the New York Times, corrects the situation in this absorbing account of a group home in Glen Cove, Long Island. Particularly noteworthy are his portrayal of the politics involved in the fight to establish the home as well as his well-written case histories of five of the home's residents. According to Winerip, not only are group homes less expensive to operate than mental institutions, they have higher success rates. Contrary to popular opinion, these homes and their residents cause no harm to their host communities and should not be feared. This thorough, wonderfully written book will set the standard for future works on this overlooked subject. Highly recommended wherever demand warrants, especially in communities where group homes exist or are planned.-January Adams, ODSI Research Lib., Raritan, N.J.

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