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February 1968

The Regionalization of Mental Health Facilities: Some Transitional Problems: A Case Study

Author Affiliations

Princeton, NJ
From the Section of Experimental Sociology, Bureau of Research in Neurology and Psychiatry, New Jersey Neuro-Psychiatric Institute, Princeton, NJ.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;18(2):222-231. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740020094012

THIS PAPER presents some observations with regard to problems arising in relation to the development of a rehionalized mental health facility within the context of an established state hospital.

In February 1963 a Regional Mental Health Center was opened on the grounds of a state hospital as a demonstration project in community-oriented psychiatric service. It was hoped that in this pilot project organizational and operational problems could be worked out and that the resulting institution might serve as a prototype for the establishment of regional mental health centers throughout the state.

The aim of the center was to provide mental health services for the surrounding county by means of an outpatient clinic associated with a small inpatient unit. Here all residents of the county aged 14 and over requiring psychiatric service would be evaluated, diagnosed, and assigned to the appropriate outpatient or inpatient facilities at the center or referred to