What is it about?

Policies to protect persons with serious mental illness consider institutionalization to be the last resort, to be used only if integrated community-based services are not a viable alternative, yet many individuals with serious mental illness continue to be housed in restrictive, low-quality institutions.

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Why is it important?

Our findings indicate that working-age adults with serious mental illness may be inappropriately placed in nursing homes and experience inequitable access to high-quality nursing homes.


A commitment to providing high-quality care to persons with serious mental illness is needed to confront the decades of mistreatment and poor outcomes experienced by this population.

Julie Hugunin
University of Massachusetts Medical School

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This page is a summary of: Quality of Nursing Homes Admitting Working-Age Adults With Serious Mental Illness, Psychiatric Services, July 2022, American Psychiatric Association,
DOI: 10.1176/appi.ps.202100356.
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