The integration of ex-mental patients into general society is a topic of recent interest in the field of mental health. The authors describe a trial program wherein patients of a mental hospital are phased into full participation in a "normal" group at a Jewish Community Center (JCC). Care is taken to prepare the patients as well as the center staff for the successful integration of these individuals, and most "normal" participants in the center's activities are not able to distinguish ex-patients from other participants. This program has yielded valuable progress in the socialization of ex-mental patients and has also brought the federation hospital and community center into a closer working relationship.
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Lurie, Abraham. Berkowitz, Louis. Socialization of the Ex-Mental Patient. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1964: