current literature using appropriate apa format H u m a n i t i e s
Discussion: Caring for Patients with Mental Illness
Deinstitutionalization, a multi-stage process,
resulted from a shift in policy. Deinstitutionalization allowed
individuals with chronic, severe mental illness to move out of state
mental hospitals into community-based settings. Between 1955 and 1980,
the resident population of state hospitals dropped from 559,000 to
154,000 in the United States (Koyanagi, 2007). By 1990, state hospitals
began closing completely throughout the United States.
deinstitutionalization sought to improve care for those with mental
illness, progress has been slow. Moving patients out of state
institutions has placed greater burdens on family members and increased
the demand for funding and resources to care for those with mental
illness. A shift toward community-based care has increased the role of
social workers in community mental health.
To prepare for this Discussion:
trends in mental health issues and mental health care. Review this
week’s resources and focus on the debate about the
deinstitutionalization policy in mental health care.
By Day 3
Post a brief explanation of how
the deinstitutionalization policy has affected inpatient psychiatric
care. Then, explain how the policy affects the roles of psychiatric
social workers in providing care for patients with mental illness.
Considering the policy, explain the challenges and issues caregivers
face when caring for individuals with mental illness. Identify three
resources (provide name and web address) available in your local area
(county or state) to support patients with mental illness and
caregivers. Explain whether these resources are adequate to meet the
needs of mental illness patients and caregivers. Justify your response.
Lanier, P., Bollinger, S., & Krueger, R. F. (2013). Advances in
the conceptualization of personality disorders: Issues affecting social
work practice and research. Clinical Social Work Journal, 41(2), 155–162.
OBrien-Suric, N. (2013). Social workers and their integral role in interdisciplinary team care.
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Tischler, S., Webster, M., Wittmann, D., & Wade, K. (2017).
Developing and sustaining a practice-based research infrastructure in a
hospital social work department: Why is it important? Social Work in Health Care, 56(1), 1-12.
National Alliance on Mental Illness. (2019). NAMI Programs. Retrieved from https://
Note: This website can be
used to find local resources and programs for individuals with mental
illness and their families. NAMI volunteers often provide these programs
as part of inpatient psychiatric treatment or after-care support.
Widiger, T. A. (2013). Changes in the conceptualization of personality disorder: The DSM-5 debacle. Clinical Social Work Journal, 41(2), 163–167.
sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to
the resources and the current literature using appropriate APA format