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May 22, 1948


JAMA. 1948;137(4):385. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890380055013

The Committee on Public Health Relations of the New York Academy of Medicine1 has recently reported on problems of the New York state mental hospitals system. Administrators of such hospitals face numerous problems, but they are especially concerned with provision of care for more patients than the rated capacities of their institutions. Public indifference to the fate of mental patients is still reflected by the depersonalization of care rendered in mental hospitals. Research programs connected with the mental hospital system are ladly needed. The principal problems are overcrowding, understaffing,insufficient funds and deteriorated physical plants. Immediate recommendations call for correction of existing overcrowding by systematic review of patients, with discharge of patients in convalescent state or to family care. Expansion of the program of family care is desirable to secure increase in numbers of foster homes for mental patients and establishment of proper levels of payment. An effort should be