deinstitutionalization

noun
de·​in·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​i·​za·​tion | \(ˌ)dē-ˌin(t)-stə-ˌtü-shə-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌtyü-\

Definition of deinstitutionalization 

1 : the release of institutionalized individuals from institutional care (as in a psychiatric hospital) to care in the community

2 : the reform or modification of an institution to remove or disguise its institutional character

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deinstitutionalize \-​ˈtü-​shə-​nə-​ˌlīz, -​ˈtyü-​ \ transitive verb

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Mental-health experts point to deinstitutionalization - a national trend since the 1950s to shift psychiatric services out of hospitals and into community settings - as a driver behind the current crisis. Nathaniel Morris, chicagotribune.com, "Even suicidal patients are put on the ER wait list," 23 May 2018 Mental-health experts point to deinstitutionalization — a national trend since the 1950s to shift psychiatric services out of hospitals and into community settings — as a driver behind the current crisis. Nathaniel Morris, Washington Post, "Suicidal? Be prepared to wait for care.," 19 May 2018 In the late 20th century, public mental institutions were shuttered nationwide amid a deinstitutionalization wave. Caitlin Mccabe, Philly.com, "Once a controversial insane asylum, Chester County's Embreeville now the center of an open-space feud," 30 Mar. 2018 In the 1950s, a deinstitutionalization movement began with the introduction of new psychoactive medications. Janet Golden, Philly.com, "Prisons and jails are not a mental health system," 2 Apr. 2018 The organization was founded as Greater Lynn Mental Health in 1958 as a child guidance center and began opening residential programs in the 1970s during the deinstitutionalization movement. Julia Preszler, BostonGlobe.com, "A job shadow day, Bridgewell’s 60th anniversary, and a senior smiles program," 30 Mar. 2018 Both trace to the shortcomings of deinstitutionalization, the national movement that aimed to close large public facilities and provide care through community settings. Christina Jewett, CNN, "Families of young people with autism struggle with mental health needs," 23 Oct. 2017 Both trace to the challenges of deinstitutionalization, the national movement that aimed to close large public facilities and provide care through community settings. Washington Post, "Nowhere to go: Young people with severe autism languish weeks or longer in hospitals," 23 Sep. 2017 In the 1950s, after a number of exposés about conditions in state asylums, a new national reform movement pushed for deinstitutionalization. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The Plan for 7,000 Bodies Discovered Under a Mississippi Campus," 12 June 2017

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1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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deinstitutionalization

noun
de·​in·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​iza·​tion | \(ˌ)dē-ˌin(t)-stə-ˌt(y)üsh-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌt(y)ü-shən-ᵊl-ə-ˈzā- \

Medical Definition of deinstitutionalization 

: the release of institutionalized individuals from institutional care (as in a psychiatric hospital) to care in the community

Other Words from deinstitutionalization

deinstitutionalize \-​ˈt(y)üsh-​nə-​ˌlīz, -​ˈt(y)ü-​shən-​ᵊl-​ˌīz \ transitive verb deinstitutionalized; deinstitutionalizing

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