People with severe intellectual disabilities or brain injuries in the U.S. have to contend with limited options for care and – in some cases – corrupt institutions.
Reveal’s Laura Starecheski and New Hampshire Public Radio’s Jack Rodolico uncover the history of abuse and neglect at a network of family-run neurorehab centers.
In this interactive timeline, we highlight the milestones and meet the characters who played a pivotal role over 40 years of a private neurorehabilitation system’s rise and demise.
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Charles was a self-made man known for his distinctive style of conducting business. His mother introduced him to the nursing home industry, and Charles took it from there.
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Lucy ends up held against her will at a private neurorehab facility after a head-on car crash.
But she’s tough – Lucy once worked on an oil rig – and she isn’t one to keep silent about what happened to her.
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The Gambler’s Son
Joseph, Charles’ son, started working for his father when he was a teenager. Four decades later, he’s still in the family business of disability care – and following in his father’s footsteps.
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The Brooklyn Mom
Linda, whose daughter has autism and a rare genetic disorder, lives in New York. This mother goes to battle to better circumstances for her child.
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The only thing Sue, a former nurse, has done longer than work in nursing homes is investigate the facilities themselves.
Specializing in fraud and neglect, Sue got familiar with the Brennicks’ family business.
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Tina is someone who stays put. She steadily rose the ranks at one neurorehab facility, even amid ownership changes. She’s probably seen it all – but she won’t tell.
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Amy survived a terrible car accident that killed her father when she was 11.
When she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, her mother trusted a private New Hampshire facility to help rehabilitate her daughter. Instead, things got much worse.
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This interactive is based on reporting by Laura Starecheski and New Hampshire Public Radio’s Jack Rodolico. Illustrations by Anna Vignet for Reveal.
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