From Isolation to Community Centers

An asylum with a history of ghost stories was once considered cutting-edge treatment for those suffering from mental illness. That’s just one of the lessons students in Rabbi Trencher’s Introduction to Psychology class learned on their recent visit to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. Students are studying both historical and current mental health treatment in the United States. Students also heard from Gerry Schmidt, the Chief Operations Officer at Valley Healthcare, a large community mental health agency in Morgantown, West Virginia that runs 23 mental health facilities in the state.

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