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The Post won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for these two series, Invisible Lives: D.C.'s Troubled System for the Retarded, and Invisible Deaths: The Fatal Neglect of D.C.'s Retarded

Invisible Lives

Forest Haven Is Gone, But the Agony Remains (March 14, 1999)

Olympics Achievement Out of Reach (March 14, 1999)

Residents Languish; Profiteers Flourish (March 15, 1999)

Nonprofits Struggle in a Current of Greed (March 15, 1999)


Invisible Deaths

Main Story:System Loses Lives and Trust (Dec. 5, 1999)

Graphic:Scores of Deaths, No Investigation

About This Project:How the Dead Were Found

Online Extra:Three Things You Can Do to Help


Invisible Deaths: An Update

Deaths Put D.C. Group Home Firm Under Scrutiny (May 18, 2000)

Concerns Raised About Program for Retarded (May 19, 2000)


Follow-Up Stories
District Failed to Check on Patients: Mental Health Agency Faulted On Follow-Ups (Post, June 20, 2003)

District Settles Claims for Retarded: Agreement Includes $29 Million Fund (Post, Jan. 23, 2001)

Group Homes' Debt To D.C.: $6.8 Million: City Had Overpaid for Care of Retarded (Post, Oct. 27, 2000)

Progress Reported On Care of Retarded: But D.C. Officials Concede Problems (Post, Sept. 26, 2000)

Homes Overuse Drugs, Study Says: D.C.'s Retarded Adults at Risk From Medicine, Abuse, Neglect (Post, Sept. 23, 2000)

2 More Human Services Officials Quit (Post, Sept. 2, 2000)

Retarded Man Left Stranded, in Restraints: D.C. Agency Keeps 30-Year-Old in Hospital for 8 Months, Citing Lack of Space, Legal Guardian (Post, July 13, 2000)

Group Home Ex-Chief Is Indicted: $800,000 Meant For D.C.'s Retarded Allegedly Stolen (Post, July 11, 2000)

Oversight Of D.C.'s Retarded Criticized: Council Probe Finds Delays, Indecision (Post, July 8, 2000)

Review of St. Elizabeths Uncovers Key Shortfalls (Post, June 16, 2000)

Mayor Takes Some Blame For Group Home Abuses (Post, June 2, 2000)

Williams Promises Better Care Of Retarded: Forum Hears Pledge To Fix Group Homes (Post, June 1, 2000)

Mayor Did Not Know of Abuses In Group Homes, Staffers Testify (Post, May 23, 2000)

Concerns Raised About Program for Retarded (Post, May 19, 2000)

Ex-D.C. Official Says She Reported Abuses: Testimony Comes in Probe of Group Homes (Post, May 19, 2000)

Ex-D.C. Official Convicted of Conflict of Interest: $30,000 in Financial Gains Traced to Relationship With Contractor Hired to Serve Retarded People (Post, May 17, 2000)

Post Wins Pulitzer for Public Service: Kosovo Photo Coverage, Style's Allen Also Honored (Post, April 11, 2000)

District Faults Safety in Homes For Mentally Ill (Post, March 26, 2000)

Medicaid Provider Guilty: Fraudulent Bills Submitted for Retarded in D.C. (Post, March 7, 2000)

City Moves Residents Kept Locked in Home (Post, March 1, 2000)

District Claim on Estate Dropped: Retarded Man Died In City Group Home (Post, Feb. 26, 2000)

D.C. Bills Ward Who Died in Its Care: Estate Has No Money, But Sister Suing City (Post, Feb. 24, 2000)

Mayor's Aides Questioned on Group Homes (Post, Feb. 19, 2000)

D.C.'s Mentally Retarded Wards Face Daily Indignities (Post, Feb. 15, 2000; 7:49 PM)

Group Home Medicaid Funds at Risk: U.S. Moves Against 5 D.C. Facilities After Studies Find Serious Threat to Residents (Post, Feb. 9, 2000)

D.C.'s Care For Retarded To Go Private (Post, Jan. 20, 2000)

Ailing Head of Criticized D.C. Agency on Extended Leave (Post, Jan. 12, 2000)

Files on Retarded Out of Reach: Advocates Frustrated by Lack of Cooperation From D.C. Superior Court (Post, Dec. 15, 1999)

Williams Promises Accountability on Group Homes (Post, Dec. 7, 1999)

D.C. Vows Review Of Deaths In Homes: Care of the Retarded To Face New Oversight (Post, Dec. 6, 1999)

U.S. Probes District's Homes for Retarded (Post, May 4, 1999)



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