Policy Experts, Psychiatrists, Bioethicists Debate Merits of Building or Reopening Mental Institutions

March 6, 2018

On the front of its Science Times section, the New York Times (3/6, D1, Carey, Subscription Publication, 13.35M) reports that in the aftermath of the high school shootings that took place in Parkland, FL, “President Trump has called repeatedly for building or reopening mental institutions.” Some “policy experts, psychiatrists and bioethicists” are also debating the merits of that proposal, particularly in light of the “downstream consequences” of deinstitutionalization following the 1963 Community Mental Health Act, including homelessness and incarceration. Still, “a modern incarnation does not impress advocates for people with mental disabilities, who want the very idea dead and buried, along with transorbital lobotomy, insulin-shock therapy and other cruelties visited on people with mental disorders in times past.”

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