[dee-in-sti-too-shuh-nl-ahyz, -tyoo-, dee-in-]
- to release (a person with mental or physical disabilities) from a hospital, asylum, home, or other institution with the intention of providing treatment, support, or rehabilitation primarily through community resources under the supervision of health-care professionals or facilities.
- to remove (care, therapy, etc.) from the confines of an institution by providing treatment, support, or the like through community facilities.
- to free from the confines or limitations of an institution.
- to free from the bureaucracy and complex procedures associated with institutions.
- to give up or lose institutional character or status; become deinstitutionalized.
Also especially British, de·in·sti·tu·tion·al·ise.
Origin of deinstitutionalize
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Word Origin and History for deinstitutionalization
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The release of institutionalized people, especially mental health patients, from an institution for placement and care in the community.
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