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Deinstitutionalization of Mental Health Care – Availability of Bed Space and Involuntary Admissions

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firemonkee57

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Deinstitutionalization of Mental Health Care – Availability of Bed Space and Involuntary Admissions

As developed nations around the world have attempted to deinstitutionalize mental health care, the number of beds available for inpatient treatment has declined. A recent survey of mental health care reported that the decrease in bed space leads to more involuntary admissions for mental health care.

Wealthy, developed nations throughout the world, including the United States and European countries, have spent decades deinstitutionalizing mental health care, offering, instead, a range of outpatient services such as community mental health programs, improved outreach, crisis resolution centers, and early interventions services. Accordingly, there has been a decrease in voluntary inpatient admissions for mental health care. This effect has removed some of the stigma previously associated with mental health care, and patients with mental illnesses are no longer locked away in asylums, as they still are in less developed nations.

Yet, an evaluation of mental health care provision in England reported that this decrease in available inpatient treatment has led to an increase in involuntary admissions for mental health care.

http://brainblogger.com/2011/08/25/deinstitutionalization-of-mental-health-care-availability-of-bed-space-and-involuntary-admissions/
 
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interesting Firemonkee,

So much can be done to improve the lot of MH patients too. Read what I wrote on dementia care, who get even worse treatment than the mentally ill. It can be done. Can't remember the post so look up my recent posts.
 
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