Encounters of the Mobile Geriatric Team
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The mobile teams were organized by the N.Y.S. Department of Mental Hygiene in 1968 (Cumming’s memo #68–27) to prevent inappropriate admission of elderly people over age 65 years to state hospitals. Admission guidelines were established around the concept of treatable, reversible conditions, and in-patient admission was to be considered only if documented psychiatric illness was present and could not be managed in another type of community setting. The Mobile Geriatric Teams were based at each state hospital and after twenty years in existence they still remain the touchstone of the present day admission policy for geriatric patients.
KeywordsState Hospital Mental Hygiene Mobile Team Supervise Setting Inappropriate Admission
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