Last night I randomly decided that the previously named Edgar Allen Poe asylum is not really called that. It’s also not one building. As a collective, they are known as that. However, there are three separate houses. Edgar House is for younger children, those 12 and under. It’s a largely residential facility that also does some out patient work, and tries to keep children at home while still giving them the structure they need. Allen House is for teenagers who are struggling with a variety of issues. Mini went there for awhile, in 7th/8th grade. She still went to the normal school however it was determined that Andi was not really in a position to handle her at home, given that she didn’t have much experience with that stuff, and had to support the whole family. She was home on passes often though, and eventually was allowed to come home. But that’s why in the original story I didn’t know she had a younger sister for awhile, because she was away. At Allen House. She might still be there when Alex meets Terry, I’m not sure. It was during Alex’s relationship with Birtch that she was sent there in the first place, because Andi couldn’t deal with both of those at home, and Mini hated that Alex was always the one that got the attention. It put a strain on Alex and Mini’s already damaged relationship, because Mini felt like Alex was always getting the attention, and that people cared about her more, while Alex felt like Mini thought she was getting abused on purpose, and doing it for attention, and making shit up. Eventually, they become close again. Way later on, when Taevynne is in the picture and Alex starts defending her to Hemming. Allen House is also where Ellie went to live at various points during her teenage years when Angel couldn’t handle her anymore, or just didn’t care enough.
Poe House is for adults. It’s a smaller facility, because there is less need. That’s where Ellie is now, given that she’s entirely non-verbal and not entirely emotionally mature due to the fact that she shut down at age 9. I think she may also have a history of self-harming behavior, and refusal to cooperate with authorities. She’s also got a lot of trust issues. I need to develop her more. She’s high functioning though, and does go out on passes often enough.