A Matter of Dignity: Struggling to find home
Ashley Daly's grandparents grew too frail to handle her bipolar disorder and violent mood swings, so they moved her to a group home hundreds of miles away, a wrenching decision that still brings them to tears.
Each year, hundreds of Minnesotans with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses are uprooted from their families and sent to live in secluded group homes in remote parts of the state. Cut off from the communities they know, housed with strangers, they often fall deeper into anger and despair. Many, like Ashley, see violence and self-injury as their only means of escape.