, Volume 39, Issue 5, pp 427-440

The History of Community Mental Health Treatment and Rehabilitation for Persons with Severe Mental Illness

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The authors review the evolution of the treatments for persons with severe mental illnesses over the past 40 years in three areas: pharmacological and other somatic treatments, psychosomatic treatments, and rehabilitation. Current treatments are based on a much stronger evidence base, are more patient-centered, and are more likely to target autonomy and recovery.