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Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill

Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill - New York...

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How did deinstitutionalization affect the local community in your article? The study found that for the most part, the chronic patients had not returned to families and community life but had been re-institutionalized in nursing homes and adult care facilities. Small but highly visible groups wander the city streets and constitute the mentally ill homeless. The local providers were not prepared to accept the responsibility of delivering aftercare services to the chronic population, although that had been the state's expectation. Graphs demonstrating the shift of the nation's institutionalized population from mental hospitals to homes for the aged were prepared and included. ( JOHNSON, ANN BRADEN , D.S.W.,
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Unformatted text preview: New York University , 1986 , 638 pages; AAT 8626932). This left many mental ill person to roam the streets of New York and go untreated until the hospitals were built and the state could give them the services they needed. How is the local community dealing with related problems, such as homelessness, crime, and the spread of communicable diseases? “Social Services did not have enough money to keep up the pace with inflation causing the agencies to move into mental health”(interview with Gail B. Nayowith; January 16, 1986). The homeless and the diseased were treated pretty much the same even if they didn’t have the same problems. They were forced to live in dumps and slums so to speak....
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