‘The Worst Way to Address Mental Illness’

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In 1975 the Supreme Court dealt a final blow to a broken state hospital system by severely restricting the ability of government to confine citizens involuntarily simply for being mentally ill.

Four decades later, there are few mental health experts who would argue that the deinstitutionalization movement was wrong in principle. But most now acknowledge that the shortsighted reforms of the 1960s and 1970s – and the corresponding lack of community support and investment – was a recipe for disaster that funneled . . .

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