Is North Carolina’s system for housing those with mentally illness failing?
A Carolina Public Press investigation of adult care homes shows spectrum of problems, “gaping hole” in NC’s oversight of housing for those with mental illness
Since January 2017, Carolina Public Press has researched and reported on housing issues faced by those living with mental illness all across North Carolina. The investigative reporting staff at the nonprofit news organization reviewed three years of public records for all of the 1,200 adult care homes in the state; interviewed dozens of advocates, regulators, facility managers and others; and traveled to facilities across the state. As a result, we published this series, beginning in July, which details the vast inconsistencies and troubling issues facing the regulation and oversight of these private, for-profit facilities, which, in North Carolina, serve as the primary source of housing for those residents with mental illness who need access to 24-hour care.