Definitions for deinstitutionalization

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•in•sti•tu•tion•al•izediˌɪn stɪˈtu ʃə nlˌaɪz, -ˈtyu-, ˌdi ɪn-(v.)-ized, -iz•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to release (a mental patient, disabled person, etc.) from institutionalized care and treat or support with community resources.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. to free from the complexity of a bureaucracy.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

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  1. deinstitutionalization(Noun)

    the process of abolishing a practice that has been considered a norm

    The government began the deinstitutionalization of background checks for certain Federal jobs.

  2. deinstitutionalization(Noun)

    the process of releasing a person from a facility where their freedom to leave has been restrained

    The deinstitutionalization of minor offenders helps reduce prison overcrowding.

  3. deinstitutionalization(Noun)

    the process of reducing a person's dependence on an institutional environment

    After thirty years in the asylum, deinstitutionalization would present many problems.

  4. Origin: Derived from institutionalize.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Deinstitutionalization

    The practice of caring for individuals in the community, rather than in an institutional environment with resultant effects on the individual, the individual's family, the community, and the health care system.


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