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A major milestone was achieved when the last child left the state hospital system in 1987.

There were 292 children living in state hospitals in 1982. The number was reduced to 66 in 1983. Finally, in January 1987, the magic number "zero" was attained. The first priority of plaintiff attorneys in the Welsch case was to ensure that children were the first to move out of the state institutions.

Anne Henry

Video: Anne Henry of the Minnesota Disability Law Center worked with Luther Granquist on the Welsch case.

Part 1: Restraint and Seclusion at State Hospitals

Part 2: Dehumanization Practices

Part 3: Getting Children out of Institutions

The Last Child To Leave
The last child left in 1987.