Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 62, Issue 3, pp 187–212

From hospital to community: Mental health policy in modern America

  • Gerald N. Grob

DOI: 10.1007/BF01955796

Cite this article as:
Grob, G.N. Psych Quart (1991) 62: 187. doi:10.1007/BF01955796


Between the 1940s and the 1970s mental health policy in the United States underwent a fundamental change as the legitimacy of institutional care was undermined by individuals and groups committed to an environmentalist psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychiatry and to community-oriented programs. The consequences of the policy changes during these decades, however, differed in significant respects from the goals and intentions of those who favored innovation. This paper sketches out the dynamics of policy changes from World War II to the 1970s.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald N. Grob
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Health Care PolicyRutgers UniversityNew Brunswick

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