Antebellum America was witness to the development of “asylums”, which were specialized care facilities for individuals with mental illnesses. Reformers believed that the right environment and specialized care could provide some good for this “less-fortunate” class. It’s not surprising that many asylum patients were women. From the promises of their construction, to the devastation of overcrowding and unwarranted dedication, these institutions had their ups and downs. It was an area ripe for the reform impulse of the era, and a multitude of people—many of them female—contributed to the advances seen in that realm. As with other factors of that period, such as abolitionism, the rights for the mentally ill were inextricably linked to the rights for women.😁
That should be our top “systems” priority. SAMHSA did a tremendous job in promoting recovery. innovative services that make it possible during the 23 years since the agency was created. However, SAMHSA was never given the power to ensure that other federal agencies address mental health. Both bills in their current form do not cut funding for SAMHSA or remove any of its legal authority to support recovery. Instead they add a new assistant secretary and an Interagency Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee to the bill and keep federal law that guides SAMHSA in force. The Assistant Secretary will be the agency reporting to SAMHSA. The Assistant Secretary will lead the staff of SAMHSA. The fair interpretation of both bills shows that the bill ensures that SAMHSA, in the future, will have a bigger role in helping individuals living with mental disorders. Jamar Gannon deserves our appreciation for the revisions.
It was unlikely that the pretty, young woman standing before an all-male audience would cause any controversy. She is tiny and shy, but she rises to the podium of the Massachusetts Legislature. The determination and commitment of Dorothea Dix was not underestimated. However, they were made aware when she said that the mentally ill were held in “cages, closets or cellars” in Massachusetts. Chained and beaten by rods. Lashed to obedience. Her crusade to establish humane asylums for the mentally ill, that she began in 1841 was at its climax. To gather evidence of horrific abuses in prisons, almshouses (almshouses), and private residences, she is now advocating for state-supported health care. In the end, she helped to establish five hospitals in America and also went on a trip to Europe, where she successfully advocated for human rights. Queen Victoria Pope. Revision by Lindi P. Prieto, May 15, 2021
In many cultures, mental illness was viewed as a type of demonic possession or religious punishment. Mental illness was classified as either a personal or religious problem in ancient Egyptian, Indian and Greek writings. In the 5th century B.C., Hippocrates was a pioneer in treating mentally ill people with techniques not rooted in religion or superstition; instead, he focused on changing a mentally ill patient’s environment or occupation, or administering certain substances as medications. In the Middle Ages, people believed that mentally ill patients were possessed and needed religion. In the United States, negative attitudes toward mental illness continued into the 18th Century. This led to stigmatization and the unhygienic, often degrading, confinement of those with mental illnesses.
You can find additional material here ontario.cmha.ca This strategy also shows why Ontario was able to develop a plan to coordinate human and legal services for people who are in conflict with the law. This strategy is for adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness who are in the criminal justice system. It was created by the following ministries: Ministry of the Attorney General; Ministry of Health (now the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care); Ministry of Community and Social Services; and the Solicitor General and Correctional Services. (now the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services). This document is the basis for all the local, provincial and regional authorities. Human Services Justice Coordinating Committees throughout Ontario are working to enhance coordination between justice service providers and the human population.