De-institutionalization, the process of replacing long-term stay with outpatient treatment, has created much controversy in mental health. How do you feel about this historical event? Help or hinder?
The exodus or departure of patients during the mid-1950s to the early 1970s led to what is known today as de-institutionalization. This led to the removal of severely mentally ill or under-treated individuals from state hospitals and into society where incarceration, violence, victimization, and homelessness became a frequent reality. While this movement was intended to provide autonomy, it led to chaos, lack of treatment, and little to no aftercare. Some people believe that de-institutionalization led to less restrictive care and more engagement within the community for psychiatric patients.
Let me know how you feel about the use of less restrictive psychiatric care and de-institutionalization.
- Do you support strict civil commitment laws in Pennsylvania that would allow for easier involuntary commitment?
- Or do you like things the way they are now?
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