Occupational Therapy’s Role in Community Mental Health

published 3 weeks ago by Dr. Frederick B. Covington

The origins of occupational therapy are rooted in mental health, as the creation of the profession dovetailed with the early 20th century’s mental hygiene movement. With the call for deinstitutionalization of individuals with mental illness, which culminated in the 1963 Community Mental Health Act, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants began working in community mental health.

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