Leaving Home

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When and Where:
Thursday, November 10, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
at Indiana Medical History Museum

3045 W. Vermont St., Indianapolis, IN 46222

LeavingHome CREDIT Indianapolis Star
Ellen Dwyer, Marianne Halbert, Dr. Jeffrey Kellams, Dr. Modupe Labode, Dr. Elizabeth Nelson, Dr. Alan Schmetzer


Event Description:

This has reached capacity and can no longer accept RSVPs.  

Exhibit opening and panel discussion on the closure of Indiana's Central State Hospital in 1994 and the current state of mental health care in Central Indiana.

With the decision to close Indiana’s Central State psychiatric hospital in 1994, patients were faced with the prospect of a different future. The exhibit "Leaving Home" explores how patients achieved new levels of independence as they prepared for life after Central State, drawing its primary content from patient-produced newsletters. The panel discussion will focus on the development of mental health services in Central Indiana in the aftermath of the hospital's closure, and confront difficult issues such as jails and prisons as "homes" for those suffering from mental illness, and the impact of mental illness on families today.

Panel moderators Elizabeth Nelson, PhD and Modupe Labode, PhD will lead the discussion. Confirmed panelists include:  Alan Schmetzer (former Director and CEO of Midtown Community Mental Health Center) Ellen Dwyer (historian), Dr. Jeffrey Kellams (Midtown Community Health), and Marianne Halbert (National Alliance on Mental Illness). 

Doors open at 5:30pm and the panel discussion begins at 6pm. From 7 to 8pm, attendees can mix and mingle over snacks, talk with panelists, and view the “Leaving Home” exhibit. 


Presented by the Indiana Medical History Museum, IUPUI Medical Humanities & Health Studies, and Mental Health America—Greater Indianapolis

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Photo Credit: Indianapolis Star