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Running head: FEDERAL LAWS
Establishment of the National Institute of Mental Health (1946)
According to Sharma, Atri, & Branscum ( 2012), mental health has traditionally been a
government task; however, with the end of World War II there was increased lobbying for a
federal proposal. Thus, a movement to incorporate mental health policy as an important part of
the state biomedical policy was organized. Consequently, after several hearings from the
congress committee in 1946, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) was authorized
after the signing of the National Mental Health Act into law (Sharma et al, 2012).
Worth noting is that the National Mental Health Act (NMHA), was motivated in large
part by the depressing record of soldiers mental health during World War II. Thus, there was
much appeal from veterans and their relatives as well as organization such as the VA for
therapeutic services. Equally, there was increased pressure from clinicians for advocacy of
federal funding as a result of the experience they had in maintaining the mental health of the
militia during World War II.
Thus, NMHA laid the foundation for the establishment of the National Institute of Mental
Health and approved funds for its construction. Basically, the construction of the NIMH in 1949
led to a new approach to the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness (Sharma et al, 2012).
Similarly, the doctors began to recognize that evaluation and treatment of mentally ill patients
was more advantageous to them than from institutionalization. Thus, mentally ill patients who
were locked in institutions were progressively taken to well-equipped mental health fa...