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A bed is seen in an unoccupied room at the Fulton State Hospital, the oldest public mental health facility west of the Mississippi River, in Fulton, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

When Brittny Adams-Jenkins’ schizophrenia and bipolar disorder symptoms became too much for her family to handle, she moved in with an abusive boyfriend. She eventually escaped to a battered women’s shelter, but her stay there was short-lived and soon after she found herself homeless. She was spiraling, and had little access to treatment for her mental illnesses.

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