ERIC Number: ED263712
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Care of Institutionalized Mentally Disabled Persons. Joint Hearings before the Subcommittee on the Handicapped...and the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies...United States Senate, Ninety-Ninth Congress, First Session, on Examining the Issues Related to the Care and Treatment of the Nation's Institutionalized Mentally Disabled Persons. Part 1 and Part 2 (April 1-3, 1985).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Appropriations.; Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.
The proceedings of public hearings on issues related to the care and treatment of institutionalized mentally disabled persons are presented. Among the issues addressed are physical abuse and maltreatment of residents, excessive restriction of patients' liberties, absence of programing, and efforts to remedy these problems. Documentation appended to Part 1 includes a report of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, and the responses of W. Bradford Reynolds to questions submitted by Senator Weicker on the report: "Staff Report on the Institutionalized Mentally Disabled." The staff report (printed separately as Part 2) presents findings from a study of environmental conditions and physical health and safety in state mental hospitals. Staff visited 31 facilities and conducted an estimated 600 interviews with staff, patients, residents, facility administrators, state and federal officials and others in the field. It was concluded that on many wards, parents/residents are vulnerable to abuse and serious physical injury; that hospital staff are also at risk of serious physical injury; and that living conditions in many institutions are unacceptable. Interviews also suggested that there is little treatment other than medication provided in many institutions. Monitoring information is reported in terms of accreditation and certification of state hospitals for the mentally ill, certification of institutions for the mentally retarded, and the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act. Further considerations for institutionalization of both the mentally ill and the mentally retarded are noted. The federal government's role with mental health systems is examined, including agency programs and federal initiatives. The final chapter reviews judicial decisions on constitutional rights of the mentally disabled, the right to treatment, and the right to refuse treatment. (CL)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Appropriations.; Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.