The mental health study act of 1955 was signed into

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professionals to diagnose and treat the mentally ill segment of the population. The Mental Health Study Act of 1955 was signed into legislation according to psycnet.apa.org (n.d.) to,
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RUNNING HEAD: Intent of the Laws 3 “Give an objective, thorough, and nationwide analysis and reevaluation of the human and economic problems of mental illness, and for other purposes.” psyncnet.apa.org (n.d.) With the signing into legislation of the Mental Health Study Act (1955) the Joint Commission on Mental Illness and Health was established to review, investigate and accredit mental health agencies and providers to ensure that the mentally ill are receiving adequate care and treatment. , (n.d.) The Community Mental Health Centers Act (1963) According ymadvocacy.org, (n.d.), President Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Centers Act to be, “The first federal law to encourage community-based mental health care. The Act provided grants to states for the construction of community mental health centers (CMHC), facilities specially designed for the delivery of mental health prevention, diagnosis, and treatment services to individuals residing in the community.” ymadvocacy.org, (n.d.) President Kennedy wanted to ensure that the mentally ill section of the population were taken care of in a humane manner. According to Murphy & Rigg, (2014), “The intent of the Community Mental Health Centers Act was to embed interventions as much as possible in a community, so that treatment is accessible and appropriately designed.” Murphy & Rigg, (2014) The only problem with this act is that some of the programs that were instituted failed because they were not able to achieve the community-based status that was necessary. With the creation of new mental health centers, the treatments were seemingly not any better that what was occurring before. The philosophy of President Kennedy was not fully realized and implemented community wide. The Economic Opportunity Act (1964)
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RUNNING HEAD: Intent of the Laws 4 According to Garson, (n.d.), “was the centerpiece of the "War on Poverty," which in turn
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