NARPA 2021 Webinar Series:

The Unacceptable Institutionalization of People with Psychiatric Disabilities in Nursing Homes

Tuesday, October 19, 2:00 P.M. EST
Presenters: Nina Loewenstein, J.D., and Robert M. Factor, M.D., Ph.D.

People with psychiatric disabilities are more likely to be admitted to and stay long-term in nursing homes. How can aging people with psychiatric disabilities with possible medical conditions or physical disabilities be supported to live in the community under the Olmstead obligation? Presenters discuss the history of medicalized housing; transinsitutionalization of people from psychiatric centers to nursing homes and the federal government's role in driving institutionalization; and recent attempts to rebalance the system, catalyzed by COVID's destruction in congregate facilities. Community supports and services, informed by the recovery philosophy, make possible “No Person is Left Behind” in nursing homes.