For over 25 years much of my work was with this group of people. Sadly here in the UK all the therapeutic community units in the nhs have been closed down. They really did stop many becoming long term users of the mental health system, providing a safe therapeutic environment for over a year in some cases and keeping them safe for long enough to work through some of their problems. Not only did these units help the young adults in them, they were also a massive part of the development of the staff like myself who worked in them.
And yes there are people from those days I mourn and still remember and who will be remembered as long as I live.