Chiz's Heart Street, A Group Home for the Mentally Ill

Streaming Video - 2013
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After centuries of ignoring, abusing, and warehousing the mentally disabled, our society still struggles to create effective care environments for them. An alternative to institutional treatment can be found in group homes where patients get personal attention, support, and supervision. One such haven is Chiz's Heart Street in Kingston, New York. This film goes inside the home to document the challenges its occupants face - as well as those taken on by administrator (and chief cook and bottle washer) Mary "Chiz" Chisholm. Viewers meet Beth, a middle-aged woman with bipolar disorder who spews out accusations of rape and conspiracy; Marie, who spent years in a trailer home with her brother as her only companion; and Ozzy, an aspiring singer who - after a surprise visit from Emmylou Harris! - performs a rambling but heartfelt audition. Other residents also appear, and their problems add up to more than the average person could handle. But there's nothing average about Chisholm's passion for her work and her compassion for those in her care.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2011.
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (19 min.) : sd., col.


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