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Expanding a Sheltered Workshop to Replace Nonpaying Patient Jobs
David B. Schwartz
Psychiatric Services 1976; doi:
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Vocational Unit, Rehabilitation Services Willard (N.Y.) Psychiatric Center

1976 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Mental hospitals with large numbers ofinactive chronic patients often have a history of hospitalfarms and shops that provided meaningful, though unpaid, occupation to hundreds of patients. The reforms of work programs brought about by the Souder v. Brennan decision were long overdue, the author says, but the resulting termination of work programs in many hospitals means many benefits to patients have been lost. At one state hospital, many of the jobs eliminated by the Souder decision were replaced by an expansion of the hospital's sheltered workshop, which operates under a work activities center certificate. A project in which patients made and assembled partsfor unpainted wooden toys was responsible for much of the expansion.

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