The Making of a Hellhole 

Mental Health in a Sorry State: Henry Horner Children's Center, opened with such enthusiasm 16 years ago, stands today as a case study on the devastating impact politics can have on the ability of state-run institutions to operate therapeutically.

Life has never been easy for Scott. The Chicago teenager has long suffered from periods of deep depression and fits of uncontrollable rage. His working-class parents couldn't afford private care for him. So when Scott needed hospitalization last year, he ended up…

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