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April 1945

Foster Home Care for Mental Patients.

Arch NeurPsych. 1945;53(4):326. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1945.02300040072016

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This book deals with foster home care for mentally ill patients. The author discusses the meaning and values of family care, including administration and the results achieved, the selection of patients, the selection of homes and the supervision of the patients, giving case histories to illustrate her observation. Miss Crutcher describes two methods of organizing family care: the colony and the district system. Family care of the mentally ill has existed for some time, both in this country and in some other countries, but it has not been an adequately developed or adequately staffed community procedure in the United States.

For a long time state hospitals in this country have needed relief from overcrowding. Family care is a good means of meeting this problem. Even with wartime difficulties there are in the state of New York at present as many patients under family care as would almost fill a state