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The Role of the State Hospital in the Twenty-First Century: New Directions for Mental Health Services, Number 84

ISBN: 978-0-7879-1433-2
104 pages
March 2000, Jossey-Bass
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What is the appropriate role of state hospitals? Some argue that there is no legitimate role for them, that they are obsolete, inhumane, and a drain on mental health resources. Others hold that the complete elimination of state hospitals would constitute abandonment of people in great need, people who cannot get the services they require elsewhere. This volume of New Directions for Mental Health Services examines the role of state hospitals from a number of perspectives, addressing issues of clinical technology as well as policy. From this examination emerges a view of the state hospital of the future, a model that integrates the key technological and economic considerations and social values expected to determine the future of state hospitals.

This is the 84th issue of the quarterly journal New Directions for Mental Health Services.

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Table of Contents


1. The State of the Mental Hospital at the Turn of the Century (Leona L. Bachrach).

2. Public Policy and State Psychiatric Hospitals (Richard H. Hunter).

3. State Hospitals in the New Millennium: Rehabilitating the "Not Ready for Rehab Players" (Paul Stuve & Anthony A. MAnditto).

4. The Unique Roles of State Hospital Programs: Keeping What Works in an Evolving System (Mary Sullivan).


5. No Place Else to Go: The Changing Role of State Hospitals and Forensic Mental Health Services (Mario J. Scalora).

6. The Psychiatric Hospital and Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Applying the Law to Promote Mental Health (Eric B. Elbogen & Alan J. Tomkins).

7. The State Hospital and the Community: An Essential Continuum for Persons with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (Maria B. Monroe-DeVita & Dennis F. Mohatt).

8. Clinical Decision Support Systems in State Hospitals (Brett Buican, et al.).

9. State Hospitals in the Twenty-First Century: A Formulation (William D. Spaulding).

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Author Information

WILLIAM D. SPAULDING is professor of psychology in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and clinical psychologist in the Community Transition Program, Lincoln Regional Center.
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