Making Deinstitutionalization Real: Moving from the Idea Toward the Ideal

Press Release

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 12, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Local nonprofit Keystone Human Services International will host the Side Event “Making Deinstitutionalization Real: Moving from the Idea toward the Ideal” on June 14 at the 10th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in New York City.

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By Dennis Felty, President of Keystone Human Services

In 1968, I worked at the Harrisburg State Hospital where 3,500 people lived in the most inhumane conditions imaginable. Keystone Human Services was born out of that horror, and nearly 40 years later, I had the privilege of helping the last 15 patients return home. I locked the door of the hospital for the last time. For the first time in 150 years, there was no one on the other side of that locked door.

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