Our health-care system is fraught with paternalistic attitudes toward the capabilities of people with disabilities. Capacity assessments raise important issues about consent, autonomy and agency.
Studies show that people's environments influence their mood. The same is true of homeless shelters, which can either help or hurt residents' psychological well-being — and, possibly, their futures.
About one in three homeless people has a significant mental illness. Providing housing for them has proved to be a boost not only to them and their communities, but also to budgets. Here's why.