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Hello docs! can you tell me what developments occurred with mental health institutions that helped mental health patients?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Over the years

there have been many advances.
In the dark ages, people were warehoused in subhuman conditions. Today the trend is 2help people live in the least restrictive setting possible w' attempts 2 help them become contributing members of society. Psychotropic medications help make this possible. Unfortunately, many people go off their medications leading to a revolving door in & out of hospitals.

In brief: Over the years

there have been many advances.
In the dark ages, people were warehoused in subhuman conditions. Today the trend is 2help people live in the least restrictive setting possible w' attempts 2 help them become contributing members of society. Psychotropic medications help make this possible. Unfortunately, many people go off their medications leading to a revolving door in & out of hospitals.
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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology

In brief: In the 1960s the

Kennedy administration began shutting down state hospitals and moving chronically mentally ill folks into group homes.
They were to be guided and guarded, both psychologically, medically, and financially. Unfortunately much of that didn't happen and many of our "street people" are from those hospitals or would be there now. Group homes can be very helpful but family vigilance & follow up needed

In brief: In the 1960s the

Kennedy administration began shutting down state hospitals and moving chronically mentally ill folks into group homes.
They were to be guided and guarded, both psychologically, medically, and financially. Unfortunately much of that didn't happen and many of our "street people" are from those hospitals or would be there now. Group homes can be very helpful but family vigilance & follow up needed
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