* How did deinstitutionalization affect the local community in your article?
Deinstitutionalization affected the community in the article I found because it over loaded the local jails. So many people were released from the mental hospital with nowhere to go. They were on the streets doing anything and everything to survive, steeling, robbing, and acting out in general. They were not on their med’s because they were not given to them, they were just pushed out to fend for themselves with no skills to do so. It is no wonder a lot of them ended up in jail and becoming a menace to society. This challenged the community and their health authorities to develop effective meaningful roles for these individuals. They had to figure out the best was to set up the new services the community would need, and where to put them. What would this require of the community, what role would the other residents play in all of this? They had to answer these questions and a lot more. They had a very short time to come up with a lot of answers to some hard questions that would have a big impact on the community.
* How is the local community dealing with related problems, such as homelessness, crime, and the spread of communicable diseases?
The local community is dealing with the related problems from deinstitutionalization such as the homeless population growing, crime rate and the spread of communicable diseases the best they can. They started getting more support for the delivery of mental health services as they took away funding from the state institutions. I could not find in my article what the community was dealing with the problems of deinstitutionalization. I would think they would have to have more patrols in order to combat the rising crime. Open new shelters and offer more mental services so that they can stay on their med’s if they want to. A program like a half way house would have been a great way to reintroduce them in to society and let them get used to...
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