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Fix safety net for mentally ill


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 06, 2013

~~<p>For more than four decades, the process of deinstitutionalizing the mentally ill has been underway, with the idea that the isolation of long-term commitment to a psychiatric hospital was the wrong approach for most patients: usually dehumanizing, often ineffective and always expensive.</p>
<p>The idea of community treatment is a good one, on balance. People can live in a home setting, enabled by the advent of improved medications that can be self-administered, with outpatient treatment or shorter hospital stays as necessary.</p>
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For more than four decades, the process of deinstitutionalizing the mentally ill has been underway, with the idea that the isolation of long-term commitment to a psychiatric hospital was the wrong approach for most patients: usually dehumanizing, often ineffective and always expensive.

The idea of community treatment is a good one, on balance. People can live in a home setting, enabled by the advent of improved medications that can be self-administered, with outpatient treatment or shorter hospital stays as necessary. Login for more...



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