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Willowbrook State School

Flagship Institution of the New York Department of Mental Health

A Photo Essay by William Bronston M.D.

Music: Excerpts from Echo-d by Gordon Mumma (1978) from Studio Retrospective, Lovely Music LTD.

Willowbrook State School on Staten Island in New York was a notorious example of the failure of institutions to meet the needs of the people they were intended to serve, and the subject of the 1972 ABC news exposé Willowbrook, the Last Great Disgrace.


Willowbrook Related Milestones

New York's Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) held a "landmark event" November 13, 2007 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of closing Willowbrook and posted a timeline outlining events related to Willowbrook.

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