CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 27, 1978
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(Studio) Details given of report by President's Commission on Mental Health, presented to President by Mrs. Rosalynn Carter. Film shown. Statement of Commission chairperson Dr. Thomas E. Bryant, with regard to community-based facilities, rptd; upcoming report outlined.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) Descriptions given of facilities for mentally ill over years and changes brought about to present. Report is on practice of deinstitutionalization that has been carried out over past decade and present criticisms of it because of lack of aftercare programs. Hsing. of mental patients in NYC, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles cited as exs. [NYC mental health commissioner Dr. June CHRISTMAS - says people have been dischgd. from institutions without proper planning and provision for them once they were out.] Case of former mental patient Allen Blake described. [BLAKE - describes care he had to take because of people surrounding him and says he needed someone to talk to and there was no one.] Social Security payments received by released mental patients and expenses they have outlined. [Bob HUESTED - says any clothing he buys is food money gone.] Harry Negron's attempt to make it on own after leaving Manhattan Psychiatric Center and his quick return noted. [NEGRON - describes situation in trying to make it on own.] NYC's Fountain House program for former patients detailed; lack of such facilities- thruout United States noted.
REPORTER: Steve Young