In 2014, Bernard Walker, who had a schizoaffective disorder, was given the chance to live independently after years of living in an adult home. In 2016, after months of struggling in supported housing, he was found dead.
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In this scene from FRONTLINE and ProPublica’s documentary “Right to Fail,” Bernard’s neighbor Carmen Pacheco describes how he began acting strangely in the months before his death. Bernard was one of hundreds of New York residents who made the transition from adult homes to living independently after a landmark court settlement allowed psychiatrically disabled residents to move into affordable apartments.
FRONTLINE and ProPublica’s investigation reveals how, for some, the transition to living on their own had dire consequences
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