State Mental Hospitals

What Happens When They Close

  • Paul I. Ahmed
  • Stanley C. Plog

Part of the Current Topics in Mental Health book series (CTMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Perspectives in the Closing of Mental Hospitals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Paul I. Ahmed, Stanley C. Plog
      Pages 3-8
    3. Werner M. Mendel
      Pages 21-29
    4. Stephen Rachlin
      Pages 31-44
    5. Paul R. Dingman
      Pages 45-61
  3. The Impact of the Closing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Roberta A. Marlowe
      Pages 83-95
    3. Elizabeth W. Markson, John H. Cumming
      Pages 97-109
    4. Steven P. Segal, Uri Aviram
      Pages 111-124
  4. Issues in Community Care and the Closing of Hospitals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Milton Greenblatt, Elizabeth Glazier
      Pages 127-139
    3. Hugh G. Lafave, Frederic Grunberg, Richard W. Woodhouse, Leo Barrington
      Pages 177-203
    4. Paul I. Ahmed
      Pages 205-212
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 213-219

About this book


The 1970s constitute the decade of decisions about state mental hospi­ tals! These large, monolithic, and seemingly impervious institutions are being phased out in some states and their basic purpose for exis­ tence is being seriously questioned in almost all others. Since 1970, hospitals have closed in California, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, Washington, and Wisconsin. Simi­ lar closings have occurred in several provinces of Canada, in Great Britain, and in some European countries. The purpose of the book is to examine the multiple issues growing out of the hospital closings: Why are the state hospitals being closed? What is the impact of closings on patients, hospital staff, and the communities where the hospitals are located? What has been the impact on the communities receiving these patients? What are the trends for the future, in terms of numbers of closings and types of hospitals which will remain? Is there a role for the state hospital in the care of the mentally ill or is it an obsolete institution? The impetus for the closings is diverse. The discovery and wide­ spread use of the tranquilizing drugs in the early 1950s allowed more patients to be returned to the community-under medication.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Paul I. Ahmed
    • 1
  • Stanley C. Plog
    • 2
  1. 1.Southeastern UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Plog Research, Inc.Reseda (Los Angeles)USA

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