The Public Interest

The deinstitutionalization story

W. Robert Curtis

Fall 1986

TODAY STATES FINANCE and manage 530 institutions to provide care for the mentally disabled--300 for the mentally ill and 230 for the mentally retarded. These institutions were created, for the most part, through state appropriations, and states continue to manage them directly. Despite two decades of deinstitutionalization, state institutions still meet practical as well as humanitarian needs.

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