Canterbury Hills, an adult care home with a history of complaints, EMS calls and state violations, will close at the end of the month. The announcement came quietly through letters the Candler facility's director Wittner Wright sent on July 1 to the Buncombe County Health Department and N.C. Division of Health Care Regulation.
Local poet and performer Griffin Payne, pictured above, teaches theater-workshop participants how to share their stories in new and creative ways. The weekly workshops are for people affected by mental illness, whether directly or indirectly, and is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Western Carolina. (Photo by Max Cooper)
An investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that the state of North Carolina is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. The eight-month investigation found North Carolina lacks an adequate community support system for the mentally ill, resulting in more institutionalization in adult care homes.
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