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Mark Salzer is the Director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disorders. The Collaborative is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) whose research focuses on what kinds of things support people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression to live in their communities like everyone else. Salzer recently gave this presentation on Brainshark.com.
As Salzer explains in the presentation, the numbers of people living in state mental hospitals and institutions has decreased dramatically—from just under 370,000 in 1969 to just over 41,000 in 2011. “However, while more people with mental illnesses are now living in the community… they are not of the community like everyone else.”