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A residential treatment facility for the severely mentally ill, it opened in 2007 in the small town of Ashtabula, Ohio. It's home to 16 adult men, most of whom are schizophrenic, including William Stokes, who's featured in FRONTLINE's film. Mental health treatment and case management are provided on site at Bridgeview -- a rarity for a residential treatment facility.

How Special is Bridgeview Manor?

+ Ohio's prisons hold almost 51,000 inmates and 10 percent are seriously mentally ill.

+ Bridgeview is the only residential home in Ohio that provides a place to live and on-site mental health treatment and case management

+ Most Ohio counties have one residential group home for the mentally ill that provides on-site services, but indigent clients aren't accepted. The few that accept them don't accept ex-felons.

+ In 2008, residential placement and housing services were requested for 2,684 Ohio prisoners set for release, and 751 -- 28 percent -- were for mentally ill offenders.

+ Of the total requests, 71 percent were successfully placed.

posted april 28, 2009

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