Byberry (Philadelphia State Hospital)

The Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry was an infamous psychiatric hospital located in the Byberry neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia. The name of the institution  changed several times during its history being variously named Philadelphia State Hospital, Byberry State Hospital, Byberry City Farms, and the Philadelphia Hospital for Mental Diseases. Whatever its name, Byberry became notorious for corruption and rampant neglect and abuse of its patients, then later for a scandalous secret process of closing that nearly gutted redirected public funding for the community services that were supposed to take its place.

Final Asylum: The Closing of Philadelphia State Hospital  (37 mins) is a video (embedded from DailyMotion) of the trials and treachery of Byberry, but also the excellent community based services that, after intense community effort and advocacy, finally came to replace it.

Final Asylum: The Closing of Philadelphia State Hospital

FinalAsylum, The closing of Philadelphia State… by ayoungster2010


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