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ST. PAUL – State Representative Karen Clark and State Senator John Marty will make a formal presentation of the state’s apology to citizens of the state for past treatment of persons with mental illness and developmental disabilities on Friday, October 29, 2010 at the annual meeting of Advocating Change Together (ACT), at Black Bear Crossings, Como Park Pavilion, 3rd Floor, 1360 North Lexington Parkway, St. Paul.
In 2010 the Minnesota Legislature passed a resolution apologizing to people who were kept in state institutions in the last century for the mistreatment they received. “ACT’s Remembering with Dignity program worked for 13 years to get this apology," said Rep. Clark. “This celebration is a matter of dignity and self-respect,” said Rep. Clark. “It acknowledges responsibility for past public policies that tore apart families.”
Since the founding of state hospitals, now called regional treatment centers, in 1866, tens of thousands of Minnesotans with mental illnesses and developmental and other disabilities have been removed from Minnesota communities and committed to live in state institutions, where many Minnesotans received improper and ill-treatment.
“Presentation of this apology is an important step towards healing the historical damage that was done and it commits us to moving forward with a public agenda that helps families care for their mentally and developmentally disabled members within the community rather than in isolation” said Rep. Clark. “As a result the whole society gets healthier.”
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