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The following is an excerpt from the March-April 2020 Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness Newsletter.  To read this newsletter in full, please click here.

The Demedicalization of Mental Illness

(L-R) Dr. Joel Braslow, Dr. Enrico Castillo

At the PPTFH January 27 community meeting, we learned about how the changing definition of mental illness has resulted in thousands of mentally ill individuals living in homelessness on our streets. Dr. Joel Braslow (UCLA Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences) shared his historical research which shows that up to the 1950’s “insanity” was viewed as a medical problem that could be helped by hospitalization. Institutionalizing someone with an inability to survive in the world because of mental illness was considered the humane course, reflecting a social sense of responsibility. No one was allowed to fall into homelessness because of their mental state. Thus, the number of mental institutions grew through the 1950’s, but...

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