1840: A Revolution in Treatment
1851: A Place for a Cure
1870: Long Term Care
1900: Emerging Treatments
1956: Spiritual Health
1900-1980: Carnivals & Amusements
1900-1960: Life on the Ward
1960-1980: Life on the Wards
1930-1950: New Treatments
1950 to the Present: Drug Therapy
1947: Occupational Therapy
1930-1966: Surgical Treatment
1988: Social Learning Program
1957: Youth Program
1980: Outpatient Treatment
The Hopeful Future
"One of the most common reasons a person returns to the hospital
after going out on trial visit or being discharged is that he stops
taking his medication."
From a Fulton State Hospital manual for patients and
their families, 1970
Many with mental illness forget skills learned in a hospital setting
after discharge. Outpatient care, though, could offset this dilemma
by assisting released patients and reducing the need for readmission.
Under new mental health laws in the 1950s, the Fulton hospital initiated
a modified system of outpatient care. In the 1960s, the hospital established
community clinics in Mexico, Hannibal, Rolla, Lebanon, and Eldon. By
1970, a typical treatment for mental illness included a brief stay at
the hospital for stabilization. Upon release, the patient received in-home
visits from trained staff who assisted with medication schedules.
Outpatient Clinic at the Fulton State Hospital, c. 1980.
Fulton State Hospital