This excerpt is drawn from Chapters 1, 3 and the Appendix of: Out of the Shadows: Confronting America's Mental Illness Crisis by E. Fuller Torrey, M.D. (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1997). This material is used by permission of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Article discussing the history of deinstitutionalization, including its causes and consequences. Also recommends books, periodicals, and organizations on the subject.
"This report looks at the progress, problems and opportunities that have taken place since the implementation of the Olmstead decision. The ruling makes it unlawful to institutionalize a person because of a disability. Despite the view that home- and community-based services can better maintain the independence of persons needing long-term services, too many low-income older people with disabilities are still being institutionalized. This link opens a 36 page PDF document."
September 2010. Eric Carlson and Gene Coffey. National Senior Citizens Law Center.
A Decade of "Little Progress" Implementing Olmstead: Evaluating Federal Agency Impact after 10 Years. December, 2009. National Disability Rights Network: Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Disabilities.