Community Mental Health Centers (PAS Report 223)

For much of the 19th and early 20th centuries, those with mental disabilities or psychiatric issues were sent to state-run mental institutions or hospitals and in many cases remained in those places for the rest of their lives. Beginning in the mid-20th century, however, the facilities, practices, and policies for addressing mental health issues in the U.S. began to change, and the community mental health center was born.

This historic PAS report from 1967 describes these new psychiatric treatment facilities and offers planning and zoning guidance for integrating these necessary uses into the hearts of our communities.