Belchertown State School Ξ Poisoned Ground
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This state school became the first in Massachusetts to be sued by parents after a newspaper article exposed the horrendous conditions inside. Patients received little actual "mental health care" and were instead warehoused in squalid conditions and abused or neglected by an overworked staff. In many ways this school is a symbol of everything that was wrong with the mental health care system in America in the 20th century.