Upon statehood, Oklahoma quickly addressed care for residents with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses. Oklahoma modeled the emerging standard of creating large institutional campuses in rural regions where “patients” were expected to live out the rest of their lives.  Many were placed as small children. While Oklahoma legislators and physicians felt certain our state offered exemplary and modern care, the truth is that conditions were often inhumane. Oklahoma was also at the forefront of the national debate on whether persons with disabilities should be sterilized.

60-90 minutes.