Mental Healthcare

of the 20th Century

Early 1900s


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Clifford Beers

A Mind That Found Itself


-Dehumanizing experience

National Committee for Mental Hygiene

-National Mental Healthcare Association

The 1930s







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National Mental Healthcare Act

Harry Truman

-National Institute of Mental Health

The 1950s

Anti-Psychotic Drugs


-Improvements shown



Mental Retardation Facilities and Community Mental Healthcare Canters Construction Act


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The 1990s

Americans With Disabilities Act

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New Generation of Drugs

Work Cited

Gaffney, Dennis. Treatments for Mental Illness. PBS, 2002. Web. 10 Sept. 2013. <>.

"A History of Mental Institutions in the United States." A History of Mental Institutions in the United States. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Sept. 2013. <>.

Our History By Decade. Digital image. Mental Healthcare in America. Mental Health America, n.d. Web. 10 Sept. 2013. <>.