More than 800 people attended the 31st Institute on Hospital & Community Psychiatry, held September 3-6, 1979, in New Orleans. "Myths, Slogans, and Band-wagons: A Realistic Appraisal" was the theme of the meeting, which consisted primarily of small workshop sessions organised along three topic areas or tracks—clinical issues, programs and services, and administrative issues. There were also several plenary sessions, summaries of which appear here. Following this report are three other special reports on highlights of the workshops in each of the three tracks. Planning is already under way for the 32nd H&CP institute, which will be held September 15-18 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston.