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Author Castellani, Paul J., 1942-

Title From snake pits to cash cows : politics and public institutions in New York / Paul J. Castellani
Published Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 302 pages)
Contents Machine generated contents note: Introduction : the perseverance and vitality of public institutions -- Ch. 1 Fault lines : 1935 to 1945 -- Ch. 2 Babies and buildings : 1945 to 1959 -- Ch. 3 Planning : the rhetoric of public institutions and community services -- Ch. 4 Bonding and construction : the foundations of public institutions -- Ch. 5 new politics of mental retardation -- Ch. 6 Willowbrook and the Medicaid intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded program -- Ch. 7 Creating a new universe of developmental services in New York state -- Ch. 8 Deinstitutionalization : reorganizing and refinancing institutions and community services -- Ch. 9 Closing institutions : the right thing to do -- Ch. 10 Rebranding the cash cows : not closing institutions
Summary "Public institutions for people with developmental disabilities continue to operate within New York State, although their very existence has been condemned, and public policies directed their complete closure by the year 2000. From Snake Pits to Cash Cows investigates why these institutions persevere despite virtually universal predictions of their demise. Paul J. Castellani's provocative account spans the years 1935 to 2000, describing decades of conflict and confusion about the role of public institutions. This book demonstrates how and why a convergence of operational, fiscal, and political crises in the mid-1970s resulted in a series of agreements among adversaries that radically changed the political landscape, and reversed the plan to close all public institutions. He also shows why New York's experience has implications and lessons for the study of public policy in the area of developmental disabilities services and for understanding Medicaid policymaking, intergovernmental finance, and human services administration." --Book Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-296) and index
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Subject Developmentally disabled -- Institutional care -- New York (State) -- History.
People with mental disabilities -- Institutional care -- New York (State) -- History.
State hospitals -- New York (State) -- History.
Hospitals, Psychiatric -- history.
Institutionalization -- economics.
Mentally Disabled Persons -- history.
State Health Plans -- economics.
New York.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2004014225
ISBN 0791464393 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0791464407 (paperback; alk. paper)
1423744128 (electronic bk.)
9780791464397 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
9780791464403 (paperback; alk. paper)
9781423744122 (electronic bk.)