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1840: A Revolution in Treatment

1851: A Place for a Cure

1870: Long Term Care

1900: Emerging Treatments

1900-1960: Tuberculosis

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

The Hopeful Future

Nineteenth century caretakers dreamed of a time when all mental illness, developmental disabilities, and additions could be cured or prevented. As the Fulton State Hospital enters the 21st century, medications and treatments enable mentally ill people to live and be successfully treated in the local community, rather than being indefinitely institutionalized. The hospital's teams of doctors, social workers, nurses, aides, and chaplains have drawn the world's attention for their innovative patient programs. Additionally, increased legislative funding allows the hospital to address the alcohol, drug, and gambling addictions.

In 1974, the Department of Mental Health was organized with three ongoing missions. First, prevent mental disorders, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse; second, to treat, habilitate, and rehabilitate Missourians who suffer from those conditions; and third, to improve public understanding and attitudes about mental disorders, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse. These missions continue today.

After completing treatment, a patient prepares to leave the Fulton State Hospital, c. 1965.

Some images in this exhibition have been electronically altered to protect the identity of past and present hospital patients.

A patient prepares to leave the Fulton State Hospital, c. 1965.
Fulton State Hospital

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Online Exhibit Created 2003
Missouri State ArchivesOffice of the Secretary of State, Missouri