In Reply For some persons with serious mental illness, more structured institutional or hospital settings that provide treatment, safety, and the conditions for recovery are needed. The term asylum harkens back to the literal and idealized meaning of the term as a place of sanctuary and healing. The letters from Mr Dudek, Ms Rogers, Dr Feldman and colleagues, and Mr Son advocating for community-based mental health programs have misunderstood our Viewpoint.
Sisti DA, Segal AG, Emanuel EJ. Expanding Long-term Care Options for Persons With Serious Mental Illness—Reply. JAMA. 2015;313(17):1757-1758. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3503