A new walk-in clinic in Houston, free of charge to psychotic patients released from state hospitals to Harris County, Texas, is an attempt to solve one of the most critical problems confronting psychiatry today, it was reported at the American Medical Association Clinical Meeting.
The reason that the readmission rate to state mental hospitals has increased much faster than the discharge rate is that few patients treated with psychotherapeutic agents receive any systematic aftercare, a Houston physician said.
"At least one third of patients released from state institutions will be readmitted within a year," John Kinross-Wright, associate director of the Houston State Psychiatric Institute's Psychopharmacology Treatment Clinic, said. "In most instances, follow-up facilities that do exist have a drop-out rate of 50% over a six-month period."
At an exhibit at the meeting, Kinross-Wright described the Houston psychopharmacology clinic which was set up in 1963 to combat the problem.