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  Mental Health, United States, 2000: Chapter 14.
Beds in State mental hospitals accounted for most of this precipitous drop, with their number representing only 24 percent of all psychiatric beds in 1998, compared to almost 80 percent in 1970 (Figure 1).
The number of 24-hour hospital and residential treatment additions increased steadily between 1969 and 1998, from 1,282,698 to 2,313,594, with a corresponding increase in the addition rate from 644 per 100, 000 civilian population in 1969 to 875 in 1994, with a slight decrease to 860 in 1998 (Table 3).
As would be expected, State mental hospitals obtained most of their funding (71 percent) from State mental health agencies and other State government sources, and virtually all funding for VA medical centers came from the Federal Government.
www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov /publications/allpubs/SMA01-3537/chapter14.asp   (4694 words)

  Psychiatric hospital - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The first known psychiatric hospital, Bethlem Royal Hospital (Bedlam) was founded in London in 1247 and by 1403 had begun accepting "lunatics." It soon became (in)famous for its harsh treatment of the insane, and in the 18th century would allow visitors to pay a penny to observe their patients as a form of freak show.
Both of the attitudes in these cases—that the mentally ill were a scourge and needed to be eliminated, and that the line between 'patient' and 'prisoner' is incredibly blurry—have their precedents in the history of mental hospitals, though were taken to extremes by totalitarian regimes.
Mental hospitals are often depicted as frightening places in fiction, where treatments are forced upon inmates by uncaring staff, or inmates themselves are either violently deranged or sinister.
www.hackettstown.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Mental_hospital   (2940 words)

 A mental hospital's breakdown
Dixmont, the oldest mental institution in Western Pennsylvania, opened in 1862 and was originally known as the Department of the Insane in the Western Pennsylvania Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Such hospitals were developed because of the social outcry about treatment of the mentally ill, who were sometimes confined in cages, closets, cellars, stalls or pens in the early 1800s or were put on display for the public's amusement in the previous century.
In the 1940s and 1950s, mental hospitals around the country began using electroshock therapy to dull the intellects of the patients and quiet the wards of mental hospitals.
www.post-gazette.com /lifestyle/20030420dixmont2.asp   (2784 words)

 Mental Health Hospital Services
In- and out-patient mental health services are available for children and adults during those periods when their mental health care needs require more intensive and contained care than available at the primary level of care.
Hospital care for mental health is currently primarily offered in units located in the metropolitan region, however these centres offer services for clients throughout the province according to designated areas.
Mental health legislation is currently under review and changes will be introduced to the process for admitting a person for involuntary care when the new Mental Health Care Act and regulations are formally promulgated into law.
www.capegateway.gov.za /eng/directories/services/11505/6447   (635 words)

 Mental hospital on block - 04/25/03
Many of the hospital's patients have been moved to Walter Reuther Psychiatric Hospital in Westland, which is almost at capacity.
The hospital's closure is part of a statewide movement to get patients out of hospitals and into more community-based facilities.
Mental health workers have worried that large, state-run psychiatric facilities such as Northville are not good for patients.
www.detnews.com /2003/wayne/0304/25/d03-146735.htm   (899 words)

 Mental Hospital
An elderly gentleman was placed in a mental hospital when the family decided they were no longer able to care for him properly at home.
Realizing his diabetes was severely out of control and that he was in kidney failure as well, the physician at the mental hospital had him immediately transferred to the regional medical center.
Staff members caring for institutionalized patients (mental hospitals, nursing homes, etc.) would do well to read about these cases and remind themselves to avoid the complacency that leads to sad tales such as this.
www.bloomington.in.us /~pamela/articles/mentalhosp.html   (584 words)

 Action Squad: Minneapolis Urban Adventurers
This was the lawsuit which set in motion the closing of all Minnesota's state-run hospitals for the mentally retarded.
This, of course, led to the closing of the nightmarish Cambridge Mental Hospital, which in turn led to Action Squad's being able to explore the buildings that the insane had been caged in, as well as the network of tunnels that ran beneath the entire complex.
Apparently, a mental institute out that way had been abandoned for years, and was rumored to have tunnels beneath it that went all over beneath the entire city.
www.actionsquad.org /mental.html   (1312 words)

 Boston.com / News / Local / Vt. / Mental breakdown
Last month the hospital lost its right to collect an annual $700,000 in funds from Medicaid and Medicare -- a rare sanction that was brought against only one psychiatric hospital in the country last year, of 477 that receive the funds.
Marsha Kincheloe, who retired from the hospital as director of nursing two years ago and coauthored a history of the hospital, said federal surveyors had always been skeptical of patients' right to refuse medication, but that noncoercion worked well while she was there.
Xenia Williams, a 54-year-old activist and mental health worker who has herself been committed to the hospital several times, said she spent her days at Vermont State Hospital "watching pigeons come and go from the roof of the south rotunda." Other patients did the same, she said.
www.boston.com /news/local/vermont/articles/2003/10/20/mental_breakdown   (1395 words)

 cbs2.com - Murderer To Be Sent to Mental Hospital
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lance Ito ordered Damascio Torres to be held at Patton State Hospital, according to Deputy District Attorney James Garrison.
Torres was convicted twice -- most recently in October 2002 -- of three counts of attempted murder for the Feb. 8, 1993, shootings of physicians Richard May, Glenn Rogers and Paul Kaszubowski.
Damascio Torres to be held at Patton State Hospital.
cbs2.com /topstories/local_story_339160056.html   (363 words)

 Hartwood Hospital was in its heyday the largest mental hospital in Scotland
The first Mental Hospital to be opened in this area by the newly formed Lanarkshire Lunacy Board was at LIQUO, (Pronounced Leeky) near Bowhousebog.
Hospital buildings, including private branch railway, electric lighting, medical superintendent’s house (picture) and 27 cottage-type houses for staff, cost somewhere in the region of £152,430.
In this year the resident population of the hospital was around the 800 mark and increasing.
web.ukonline.co.uk /scotlandgenealogy/hartwood_hospital_was_in_its_hey.htm   (835 words)

 BBC News | HEALTH | Mental hospital wards 'dire'
Staff who work in the UK's acute mental hospitals are ashamed by their dire state, according to a leading psychiatrist.
He said hospitals were overcrowded, and that patients were "lonely, bored and sometimes frightened".
Dr Kennedy said although 70% of mental health spending was devoted to acute care, the state of acute wards across the UK was "dire".
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/health/823732.stm   (420 words)

 The Epoch Times | Chinese Dissident Detained in Mental Hospital for Twelve Years   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
She said this mental hospital, located in the mountains of Fangshan District, a suburb of Beijing, was picked by the police.
Wang Junying said that the police at the Chaoyang Branch Station said that the reason that Wanxing was sent to a mental hospital was that he was the only one who had the courage to commemorate the June 4 Incident on Tiananmen, while nobody else dared.
But since he was put into a mental hospital, he was forced to take drugs administered by the hospital and had strong reactions.
english.epochtimes.com /news/4-6-16/22027.html   (694 words)

 Mental health hospital being considered for Farmington
One person who is strongly against a mental health hospital coming to the site is Anna Achtenberg, owner of the day care center, Anna’s Bananas, which is in the old clinic building on the site and connected to the hospital.
Achtenberg said she was shocked and horrified to find out the state was considering the site for a mental hospital.
She said she has personal connections to people who have been affected by mental disabilities but that her main priority is to think of the children at her business.
www.thisweek-online.com /2004/may/21mphosp.html   (805 words)

 10% At Hospital Had Mental Problems
The hospital has treated 11,754 soldiers from the war on terror, with 9,651 from Iraq and the rest from Afghanistan, according to data released by the hospital.
Cornum said she does not think the number of troops with mental problems is shocking.
Hospital data show that 2,489 of the soldiers who have arrived from Iraq have required some kind of in-patient medical care.
www.military.com /NewsContent/0,13319,FL_mental_021904,00.html   (1009 words)

 Robbins awaits trial in mental hospital
Robbins was originally committed to the hospital for 90 days last October, but her stay has since been increased to six months, Lux said.
Robbins is accused of killing Melanie Spalla and attempting to kill another student, Nicholas Mensah, when she began firing a high-power military rifle on the HUB lawn early last semester.
Some are committed to mental institutions to determine their mental state and to receive treatment and education, Franklin said.
www.collegian.psu.edu /archive/1997/03/03-17-97tdc/03-17-97d01-016.htm   (750 words)

 Michigan will sell last mental hospital - 11/9/01
   Advocates for the state's mentally ill insist closing Northville would be a devastating blow to a group already reeling from state hospital closures in the 1990s, said Mark Reinstein, a director for the Mental Health Association in Michigan.
Powerful drugs that help control mental illness were cited as the chief reason behind the hospital closings.
   Hospital workers were gathered in shifts and told Monday that the state facility would close in six months to three years, said Edward McNeil, a spokesman for the labor union representing hospital workers.
www.detnews.com /2001/metro/0111/09/d01-339623.htm   (487 words)

 Report Criticizes Calif. Mental Hospital (phillyBurbs.com) | National
SAN FRANCISCO - Patients at a state mental hospital overdosed on illegal drugs, were improperly restrained for hours on end and were forced to spend 12 hours in soiled diapers, according to a scathing report issued by the U.S. Justice Department.
Lupe Rincon, a hospital spokeswoman, said many allegations were based on inaccurate information from family members, advocates and old surveys.
Department of Mental Health spokeswoman Kirsten Macintyre said Thursday the department did not deny access, but simply asked for a delay because an investigation is "a huge diversion of resources" and because time and money was already being spent on preparing for the hospital's reaccreditation, which takes place this fall.
www.phillyburbs.com /pb-dyn/news/1-07282005-520445.html   (398 words)

 Las Vegas SUN: Residents oppose mental hospital
That's because although the Las Vegas City Council is to consider Wednesday the state's application for the $32 million, 150-bed hospital, the state has the power to build it even if council turns it down, according to the city planning department and the state's mental health administrator.
Jonna Triggs, director of the Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services, said that a survey last year calculated an average of 30 people at any time are sitting in one of the valley's 12 emergency rooms waiting for psychiatric treatment.
However, Moncrief also said that the hospital is not enough, and she wondered if it might not be better to start over and build enough capacity up front.
www.lasvegassun.com /sunbin/stories/lv-gov/2004/mar/15/516529677.html   (791 words)

 Danvers State Insane Asylum
In 1878 the State Lunatic Hospital in Danvers was erected, under the supervision of prominent Boston architect Nathaniel J, Bradlee, in an extremely remote location.
A very timely and costly project, it was the hospital with the most advanced theories on the treatment of the insane of its time
The hospital, originally 198 acres sold for $39,542.50, was chosen for its beauty, privacy, and view.
www.danvers-state-ia.com /home.html   (117 words)

 Social Development Fund partly equips it Mental Health Hospital - Inaugurated - community - Yemen Times
This hospital is the first charitable mental health hospital in Yemen, and was established in the early 1990s, when it was then merely three rooms.
The inauguration was attended by representatives of the Supreme Council for Psychiatric and Mental Hospitals in the republic which was founded upon orders by President Ali Abdullah Saleh as a means to support mentally ill Yemenis with families of limited income.
Furthermore, the Hospital plans to organize a conference on the mental health policies in Yemen in October to raise awareness of mental health issues in the country.
www.yementimes.com /article.shtml?i=655&p=community&a=3   (399 words)

 Major crisis at mental hospital
Okonji said Mathari hospital should be turned into a parastatal and operate on the same level with Kenyatta National Hospital.
He said the hospital was treated like an "appendage of the health sector", and told of the administration’s frustration due to Ministry of Health of bureaucracy.
He also lamented that many kiosks located next to the hospital were used to sneak narcotic drugs to the patients.
www.eastandard.net /archives/cl/print/news.php?articleid=3889   (382 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: Gracefully Insane: Life and Death Inside America's Premier Mental Hospital   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Invisible Plague: The Rise of mental Illness from 1750 to the Present by E.
The hospital is selling off its grand properties and is also going back to its roots; a new, small facility called the Pavilion will take psychiatric care of those whose families can afford $1,800 a night, and it is proving to be popular.
On the one hand, Beam introduces readers to the rolling hills and well-appointed grounds of a MacLean, psychiatric hospital of the rich and famous; its residents often referred to the hospital as a university, to themselves as alumni.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1586481614?v=glance   (2663 words)

 Feds to end oversight of state mental hospital - The Honolulu Advertiser - Hawaii's Newspaper
Thomas Hester, chief of the adult mental health division for the state Health Department, said Chang's report recognizes that the state's mental health system is no longer "the worst in the nation," as it was once ranked.
The hospital currently has 167 patients, including those committed to the hospital after they were acquitted of crimes by reason of insanity.
Scrutiny of the hospital began in 1991, when the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit alleging that the patients' civil rights were being violated at the Kane'ohe facility.
the.honoluluadvertiser.com /article/2004/Nov/13/ln/ln07p.html   (792 words)

 Internet Archive: Details: Mental Hospital
Documents the case of a mental patient who is treated for schizophrenia (paranoid type) at the Oklahoma State Hospital.
He is committed to the state hospital in short order by a judge, where he is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and given insulin shock treatments.
The film does give a fascinating portrait of mental health treatment during the 50s, which was the heyday of treating mental patients in big institutions.
www.archive.org /details/mental_hospital   (1118 words)

 BBC NEWS | UK | Profile: Broadmoor mental hospital
The hospital was built after the passing of the Criminal Lunatics Act of 1860 - also called the Broadmoor Act.
Now there is a siren at the hospital - if it sounds, local schools and institutions have to lock their doors.
In recent decades, the hospital's inmates have come to include Peter Sutcliffe, the 'Yorkshire Ripper' jailed for murdering prostitutes in the north of England in the 1970s.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/uk/2828945.stm   (603 words)

 Mental hospital names new director - The Honolulu Advertiser - Hawaii's Newspaper
Hawai'i State Hospital, a target of scrutiny because of recent patient escapes and a troubled legal battle over patient care, has a new administrator for the third time in as many years.
Peterson came to Hawai'i from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, where she was a member of a monitoring team that reviewed mental health services in state prisons.
Hawai'i State Hospital has come under scrutiny in recent months because a number of potentially dangerous patients have run away from the dorm-like campus overlooking Kane'ohe Bay.
the.honoluluadvertiser.com /article/2001/Jun/23/ln/ln15a.html   (486 words)

 McLean Hospital | Education : Mental Health Sciences Library
The mission of the library is to serve the clinical, educational, and research needs of the McLean Hospital.
Within the Library's collection are 10,000 books, 23,000 bound journal volumes, and 450 audio and video tapes on issues and trends in mental health, development of effective treatments, psychological and social issues associated with psychiatric illness, and neuroscience.
Hospital staff can access the library for hospital business at any time.
www.mclean.harvard.edu /library   (169 words)

 Mental Health Division - Home   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The hospital is a center for treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery.
We are the only state-operated psychiatric hospital in Wyoming, and we provide a full range of services and programs for adults and adolescents.
Accreditation is for the hospital's mental health programs, psychosocial rehabilitation programs, and integrated behavioral health program.
www.wymhd.us /hospital   (342 words)

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