Title

The changing role of the state psychiatric hospital

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry

Date

5-6-2009

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Commitment of Mentally Ill; Cooperative Behavior; Cost Control; Cross-Sectional Studies; Dangerous Behavior; Forecasting; Health Care Reform; Health Facility Closure; Health Policy; Health Services Needs and Demand; Hospitals, Psychiatric; Hospitals, State; Humans; Length of Stay; Mental Disorders; United States

Disciplines

Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology

Abstract

State hospitals were once the most prominent components of U.S. public mental health systems. But a major focus of mental health policy over the past fifty years has been to close these facilities. These efforts led to a 95 percent reduction in the country's state hospital population. However, more than 200 state hospitals remain open, serving a declining but challenging patient population. Using national and state-level data, this paper discusses the contemporary public mental hospital, the forces shaping its use, the challenges it faces, and its possible future role in the larger mental health system.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 May-Jun;28(3):676-84. Link to article on publisher's site

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

19414875