, Volume 50, Issue 2, pp 128-132

The aftermaths of deinstitutionalization: Problems and solutions

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Abstract

Thousands of mentally handicapped patients released from mental hospitals are now living in a variety of community settings. Services to help them remain in community are often fragmented, uncoordinated and limited. Research and experience have highlighted the services they need. Numerous demonstrations have shown that patients can be successfully maintained in community settings. Coordinated services and fixed responsibility for each individual placed are essential.