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(Studio) Problems in deinstitutionalizing the mentally ill or retarded due to cutbacks in federal funds and standards for their community care noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Jackson, Mississippi) [Pat RAWLS - is relieved at being free of hospital.] Pat and Charles Rawls' current lifestyle described; problem faced by many released from hospitals with no place to go noted. Jackson's program to remedy situation examined. [Mental Health Association spokesperson Pat DRINKWATER - describes psychiatric ghetto.] Current conditions of many unlicensed boarding homes noted, shown. [DRINKWATER - hopes to improve those homes with potential.] State's program for such homes outlined on screen, discussed. [Mental health department director Dr. Jan DUKARD - notes society's unwillingness to provide mental health funds; discusses artificiality of hospital environmental] [Pat RAWLS - describes forms of punishment.] [Chas. RAWLS - praises current life.]
REPORTER: Ed Rabel
- Rabel, Ed;
- Rather, Dan
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