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o the Bars History: Kings Park Psychiatric Center, one of the three largest mental institutions in the country, was established in Smithtown, Long Island in 1885 and took up more than 800 acres. When first starting off, it was comprised of three wooden buildings that housed thirty two men and twenty three women. These men and women were moved to this place because many members of society were of the same mind as Dorthea Dix- a woman out for reformation in the way the mentally ill were treated, who believed that the mentally ill should have the fresh air and space available on Long Island. There, they could escape the stresses and unhealthy life of the city. Unfortunately, there was overcrowding in the city’s psychiatric wards, and new buildings were erected at Kings Park. As the size increased, so did the number of patients. In just fifteen years, Kings Park Psychiatric Center housed 2,697 patients and 454 staff members. It was larger than the rest of the town of Smithtown. Kings Park was nearly a town unto itself. It had its own bakery, laundry, library,
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nursing school, recreation hall, bandstand, morgue, and many other places common in a town. There were over 150 permanent buildings constructed and Kings Park even had its own railroad spurs. It hit its highest population in 1954, with 9,300 mentally ill patients. This was the year that New York State passed the first Community Mental Health Act. By the late 1960’s, many people were concerned with both the stories of abuse and overcrowding in the hospitals, and the huge tax cost if having and institution. Smaller community mental health centers were eyed as an alternative. Medicaid started paying the bill to send elderly patients to nursing homes,
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