As a society, we often forget those who are in the most dire need. We tend to wave off any thoughts of the developmentally disabled or those left behind due to severe mental illness. While their families never forget, most Americans would rather pretend such people don’t exist. When people do stop and take a moment to consider such forgotten souls, it’s often out of pity with the mistaken, uncritical belief that ‘government’ (in some non-specific, nebulous form) takes care of such people. How exactly that is done, or in what form, isn’t a detail most Americans spend any time thinking about. Until it happens to them, or someone they love. Suddenly, the gaping holes in our healthcare system become readily, painstakingly apparent. And they feel helpless and overwhelmed in dealing with it all. American Snake Pit by Dan Tomasulo is a poignant, needed reminder to America about the benefit of group homes for people who are living with serious mental illness and developmental disabilities.
Source: Book Review: American Snake Pit