My name is Stephanie Ramage. I am a grad student at Georgia Tech in the school of Public Policy. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism in 1992, and since then I’ve covered Georgia’s politics, public safety and public policy as an investigative reporter and columnist. Since 2011, I have been the ombudswoman for a major city. It was my daily experiences with local governments’ struggle to meet the needs of the mentally ill homeless that led me to research deinstitutionalization and what went wrong with the 40-year movement’s stated goal of transitioning care for the mentally ill from mental institutions (primarily state-run hospitals) to community care centers.