Political psychiatry: The New York City homeless mentally ill initiative

  • Luis R. Marcos


The author illustrates the concept of political psychiatry by describing a recent New York City policy to involuntarily remove from the streets and hospitalize mentally ill homeless people. Mental health professionals' interactions with the executive, judicial and bureaucratic branches of government, as well as with interest groups and the news media are described. The author emphasizes the need for mental health professionals to effectively interact with the political process in order to influence government policies that constantly shape the delivery of psychiatric. care.


Public Health Mental Health Health Professional York City Interest Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis R. Marcos
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Mental Health & Chemical Dependency ServicesNew York City Health and Hospitals Corp.New York
  2. 2.Professor of PsychiatryNew York Univ. School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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