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Volume 3, Issue 4 (1974)

Book Review

pp. 66—68

The community mental health movement grew out of widespread public and professional concern for the isolation of mental patients in distant hospitals. Through the impetus provided by the Great Society legislation of the early 1960’s, the Community Mental Health Centers Act was passed in 1963. The Madness Establishment, a Ralph Nader Study Report, traces the evolution of these centers and details the built-in failures of the program from bureaucratic mismanagement to professional incompetency and unresponsiveness. Although the authors offer insightful commentary on the confusion that reigns regarding the goals and product of community mental health centers, documentation was difficult in some cases because of a fear by NIMH and center officials of a consumer-oriented study and the fact that little hard data has been generated through research evaluation efforts.

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