Ballen Photo wrote in post #18953086
WOW! A self supporting mental facility. Nice.
Most of them were, back when they were operating.
They were typically in remote areas, encompassing hundreds or thousands of acres,
set outside of populated areas within lands which were considered to be beautiful
Around the world, these places grew to house thousands of patients at a time,
and it was necessary to fund them. Some of the ways of funding came from
farming to supply neighboring communities with food, as well as craftmaking
and furniture-making for sale. These efforts often went into supplementing the funding
provided by State budgets, often allowing these institutions to remain operational
when the State was looking to shut them down later on.
In addition to the patient-fueled efforts of crafts and other endeavors to produce revenue,
many/most of these locations also hosted their own powerplants and even railroad terminals
to bring supplies in and ship their products out.
Methods of treatment and design layout varied among the world's societies,
but their sheer size and patient numbers escalated until the late-1950s
when psychotropic drugs and other forms of mental health treatments
began to be recognized and accepted.
These places have a long and storied history, if you're interested in learning about them.
Unfortunately, many of the patients released from these storied places
have found themselves homeless or incarcerated. The penal system across the world
hasn't enough education to properly deal with them, and the rest of society
hasn't the means to properly care for/treat them within today's environments.