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Returning the Mentally Disabled to the Community: Government Needs to Do More

HRD-76-152 Published: Jan 07, 1977. Publicly Released: Jan 07, 1977.
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Care and treatment of mentally disabled persons in communities can be an effective alternative to institutional care. However, many mentally disabled persons have been released from institutions before sufficient community facilities were available and without adequate planning and follow up. Others enter, remain in, or reenter institutions unnecessarily.

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Health care planningMental care facilitiesMental health care servicesRehabilitation counselingRehabilitation programsDevelopmental disabilitiesFederal agenciesPeople with disabilitiesCommunity mental health centersFederal assistance programs