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Learning From History: Deinstitutionalization of People with Mental Illness As Precursor to Long-Term Care Reform

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Publication Date: August 2007

Publisher(s): Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Topic: Health (Mental health)

Coverage: United States


This report examines what policy lessons can be learned from the deinstitutionalization of people with mental illnesses and applied to potential long-term care reform for the elderly or those with significant disabilities. The study assesses the reforms that took place under deinstitutionalization, their impact and what mistakes were made. It also discusses the take-away lessons for long-term care policy, with a focus on planning, financing, living situations and the role of families, workplace issues, and the political landscape.


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