As a new employee hired by a small local hospital as an Administrative Assistant, I have been assigned the task of gathering information for the department head that would help develop a plan to place mentally ill patients in the appropriate setting for care and how I intend to carry this plan out. The definition of mental illness according to the website, www.science.education.nih.gov/supplements states that it is a health condition that changes a person’s thinking, feelings, or behavior (or all three) and that causes the person distress and difficulty in functioning. I don’t think mental illness can be clearly defined as a physical illness in comparison to diabetes, and mental illness cannot be cured. I believe it can only be managed by medication, counseling, therapy, individual and group and support from family and/or friends. I think the concept of deinstitutionalization has been effective in providing needed services to the mentally ill because I feel the patient responds better when they are given a say and the opportunity to interact with people on their level. For example, if a mentally ill person is incarcerated, I’ve seen on reality TV shows where the inmate literally goes crazy, because they are locked up, only given 1 hour a day in most cases to bathe and get a little exercise. If these mentally ill people are expected to get half of a chance to re-enter society as a productive citizen instead of treating them like a caged animal, work with them, provide them services that will help them, provide incentives, group or individual therapy sessions, medications, these benefits named above are benefits I feel if any facility should embrace the concept of deinstitutionalization, to allow these individuals a chance to function as normal as possible in society. Health care professionals that provide mental health care in my opinion are typically not integrated with other systems, as these patients are usually seen by private practices or...
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