Community Mental Health Myths and the Fate of Former Hospitalized Patients

This article addresses the fate of formerly hospitalized mental health patients and looks at how they have fared under Hawaii's policy of deinstitutionalization. The authors argue that four myths have developed in community mental health systems: the myth of rehabilitation, the myth of reintegration, the myth of monetary savings, and the myth of continuity of care. Each myth is explored through information obtained from public documents, publications, and interviews with mental health and welfare officials in Hawaii.

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