New Model for an Old Dilemma?

Thoughts on “Treat, Release and Repeat”: Season 3, Episode 2 of VICE (Showtime) Directly or indirectly, each of us has experienced the toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on the mental well-being of our families and loved ones, our friends, our students, our communities, and ourselves. The pandemic has exacerbated the numerous ills of an

Challenges Pandemics Present to Psychiatric Hospitals and the Risks of Repressing Histories

The Covid-19 pandemic has wrought havoc at scales that are simultaneously global, national, communal and personal. The challenges presented to our mental well-being are profound, and the consequences of the 1918 Influenza pandemic suggest that we will be addressing the psychical impacts of our current crisis for years to come. Are we prepared? In my

Marty Berger – Hudson River State Hospital – Poughkeepsie, NY

What do you consider to be unique about your specific building compared to other Kirkbrides? All of the Kirkbride structures have their place in history and each is unique in its own way. Here in the Town of Poughkeepsie, our “Kirkbride” is an impressive High Victorian Gothic building situated on the site of the former

Joe Williams – 10 Wilmington Place – Dayton, OH

What do you consider to be unique about your specific building compared to other Kirkbrides? Everything about our building is unique. In fact, that is our tag line “Unique Senior Living”. Here’s the website link https://www.10wilmingtonplace.com/. I’m not that familiar with many other Kirkbrides, but from what I understand, all are very unique. One of

Shawna Wolfe (Bolin) – Athens State Hospital – Athens, OH

What do you consider to be unique about your specific building compared to other Kirkbrides? The Athens Asylum, now called The Ridges, contains over 40 facilities. The Ridges is closely located to and is part of the University campus that is organized as greens, with the components featuring the buildings designated as The Ridges Green.

Margaret Schilling’s Trace at The Ridges (née Athens Lunatic Asylum)

Kirkbride Plan Hospitals for the insane, like all asylums, have complex and difficult histories. Embracing those histories, at a local community level and at a broader human scale, is critical to preserving these remarkable structures and finding new meaningful lives for their continued and sustainable use. Erasure of these immense three-dimensional historical documents and the

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