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Right to fail

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English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.

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[Boston, MA] : WGBH Educational Foundation, [2019]

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Originally broadcast on PBS as an episode of the television series Frontline in 2019.

In 2014, a federal judge ruled that New York State had violated the civil rights of people with severe mental illness by allowing them to languish in adult homes--group housing that had been plagued by allegations of abuse and neglect. The landmark ruling gave a class of about 4,000 adult home residents the chance to move into their own subsidized and supported apartments, have the freedom to cook in their own kitchens, administer their own medication and budget their own expenses with help from private case management agencies. The ruling was front-page news, but until 2019, there's been little known about how the plan to move people from institutions to independence has actually worked out. FRONTLINE and ProPublica go inside New York's supported housing program in a special investigation called Right to Fail--exploring human struggles and the complex debate behind giving people with severe mental illness the right to live independently and succeed on one's own terms with the right support, but also the right to fail.

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