...dressed in crocs and plaid pajama pants, Keith Stell, 57, was happy to tell how he got to Atlantic City two months ago, a paranoid schizophrenic off his meds, a long rap sheet of drug and other arrests, just out of a Gloucester County jail.
"A cop car," he said, sitting on a bench in the yard of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission with several other men who all attend the Atlantic Behavioral Health program. He said he was now on Seroquel. "They dropped me off. I didn't have a place to go."
William Southrey, president of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, the largest shelter in the state, said nine counties in South Jersey regularly "dump" people in Atlantic City without referrals or treatment plans, or county reimbursements.
"They're using the term Greyhound therapy," Southrey said, of social service agencies elsewhere who see the seaside resort town's shelters, soup kitchens, and recovery programs as answers to their needs and often send off their clients on buses. "In the dark of the night, some of them just roll out of jail, they send them to us."