deinstitutionalization

[ dē-ĭn′stĭ-tōō′shə-nə-lĭ-zāshən ]

n.

The release of institutionalized people, especially mental health patients, from an institution for placement and care in the community.

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de•in′sti•tution•al•ize′ v.
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