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Mental Health Services and Community Care: A Critical History

Ian Cummins


The volume presents a critical history of deinstitutionalisation and the subsequent policy of community care. It explores the development of the asylum regime, the challenges to it and finally the development of community care. It argues that the vision of community based mental health services has never been realized. The failings of community care in the 1990s and the media reporting of high-profile cases led to a backlash against the policy. Despite this, it has been adopted across the world and international perspectives are discussed. The links between deinstitutionalization and the expan ... More

Keywords: Deinstitutionalisation, Community care, Mental health services, The penal state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781447350590
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447350590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Cummins, author
University of Salford