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Mental health policy in modern America 

Mental health policy in modern America
Chapter:
Mental health policy in modern America
Source:
Oxford Textbook of Community Mental Health
Author(s):

Gerald N. Grob

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199565498.003.0014

In the United States a variety of factors have shaped and continuously modified mental health policy: the changing composition of the population with severe mental disorders; concepts of the aetiology and nature of mental illnesses; shifting diagnostic systems; the organization and ideology of psychiatry; funding mechanisms; and existing popular, political, social, and professional attitudes and values. Equally significant has been the structure of the American political system, which divides authority between local, state, and national government.

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