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September 1963

The Mental Patient Comes Home.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;9(3):303-304. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720150113012

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This book is the latest in a series of writings stemming from the Community Health Project, directed from its inception by Ozzie Simmons. In the foreword to the book, Richard Williams, Chief of the Professional Services Branch of the National Institutes of Health, correctly indicates the importance of this project for the current psychiatric scene. The project was part of the broad program initiated about ten years ago by the Professional Services Branch. The focus of the program was the rehabilitation of patients in mental hospitals and of patients leaving mental hospitals, with special attention paid toward optimal restoration of "social roles and social functioning" at home, in the family, on the job, and in the community. In this program, the Community Health Project had a central position. As its data accumulated and the rescarchers' perspectives developed, other similar projects were influenced. In 1960, Simmons published After Hospitalization, and the

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