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 (dē-ĭn′stĭ-to͞o′shə-nə-līz′, -tyo͞o′-)
tr.v. de·in·sti·tu·tion·al·ized, de·in·sti·tu·tion·al·iz·ing, de·in·sti·tu·tion·al·iz·es
1. To remove the status of an institution from.
2. To release (a mental health patient, for example) from an institution for placement and care in the community.

de·in′sti·tu′tion·al·i·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.


(diˌɪn stɪˈtu ʃə nlˌaɪz, -ˈtyu-, ˌdi ɪn-)

v. -ized, -iz•ing. v.t.
1. to release (a mental patient, disabled person, etc.) from institutionalized care and treat or support with community resources.
2. to free from the complexity of a bureaucracy.
de•in`sti•tu`tion•al•i•za′tion, n.
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In the case of the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill in the judicial system, there is the aggravation of the crime, of the sentence and the imperious need for a coordinated work of public policies, from the experience of the service of monitoring and evaluation of therapeutic measures.
AIDD, within HHS, has likewise denigrated a proven system of facility-based care through lobbying, class action lawsuits and other tactics in support of forced deinstitutionalization, aimed at evicting the most vulnerable people with I/DD from their facility homes, under the guise of "integration" for all, contrary to Olmstead.
We thus inferred that late adopters are motivated to implement deinstitutionalization for technical efficiency reasons rather than social legitimacy reasons.
Massachusetts, a 19th century pioneer in the humane treatment of the mentally ill, has come a long way since the ill-fated deinstitutionalization efforts of the past.
A key feature of mental health reform has been the deinstitutionalization of people with serious forms of mental illness from large psychiatric hospitals to various kinds of facilities, including more home-like tertiary care facilities and other forms of supported housing in the community.
Also, as a result of deinstitutionalization, retrenchments in social service budgets and professional antipathy towards the use of residential care, residential services are no longer widely used.
7,8) Changing social policies, favorable legislation for people with disabilities, and class-action legal decisions have led to deinstitutionalization, the establishment of community-oriented group residences and family residential settings, and the closure of many state-run large facilities.
Our homelessness problem also began with deinstitutionalization.
Deinstitutionalization is a nice idea, but somewhere along the line it became corrupted.