Expand the community care system: deinstitutionalization can work.

  title={Expand the community care system: deinstitutionalization can work.},
  author={Robert L. Okin},
  journal={Hospital & community psychiatry},
  volume={36 7},
The author argues that most of the mentally ill should be treated in the community, where they can develop the skills necessary to function in society. The state hospitals should be used only to treat the most unmanageable patients. The author blames the presently inadequate community care system on insufficient funding and on the tendency of states to divide newly available funds between community services and state hospitals so that neither system is adequate. But whereas community care's… CONTINUE READING

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