I am sorry on behalf of the state of Georgia. I am sorry on behalf of institutions [that] in the past, despite whatever intentions they may have had, have trampled human spirits, have not allowed recovery to flame. I’m sorry that we’ve overused medications. I’m sorry that we have overused intrusive measures like restraint and seclusion. . . . But in addition to a public apology, another part of recovery is going into action. . . . So today, I am committing. . .to take four actions.
The state will pay for the survey to be completed to support the application of the cemetery at Central State to be on the National Historic Register. The state will pay and support the cleaning up of all the graves that are covered under debris and overgrown. The state will help the consumers’ vision of finding a home for the unplaceable markers. . . . A commitment for perpetual care and maintenance so that we never go back again.
We can never forget! We cannot afford to forget what happened at the cemetery—what happened to consumers!