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Mental Health Division; Office of Mental Health/Mental Retardation

[Record group 80-14]
Agency Function
The objectives of the Mental Health/Mental Retardation Division are to assure the availability of comprehensive State-legislated Mental Health and Mental Retardation programs appropriate to the needs of the residents of Philadelphia; to administer, monitor, and develop programs of approximately 74 contracted agencies in the Mental Health/Mental Retardation system; and to develop and fund homeless programs for the mentally ill, drug and alcohol abusers and the physically handicapped residents of Philadelphia.

Agency History
The Division of Mental Health was created in the reorganization of the Department of Public Health in 1952. The City had previously operated several mental health facilities prior to 1939 when the state assumed all mental health functions. Since 1963, the division also works with the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Advisory Board.

Archival Records
80-14.1 Annual Report (1974)

80-14.2 Reports and Publications (1954, 1955, 1959, 1975-1976, 1985, 1987, c. 1989)

80-14.3 Correspondence (September 1959 - March 1969)

80-14.4 Deputy Commissioner of Health. Correspondence. (May 1969 - November 1971)

80-14.5 "Riverview Survey" (ca. 1955)

80-14.6 Research and Source Materials (1951-1967)

80-14.7 Public Hearings Transcripts (1968-1978)

80-14.8 Voluntary Mental Health Program. Patient Registers (1961-1966, 1969)

80-14.9 County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Program Intake and Proposed Service Plan - Part 1. (July 1969 - December 1973)

80-14.10 County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Program. Service Rendered Report (July 1969 - July 1971)

80-14.11 County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Program. Service Rendered Report and Invoice (July 1971 - December 1973)

80-14.12 County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Program. Monthly Population Report, Base Service Units (July 1971 - April 1973)

80-14.13 County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Program. Monthly Contact Report (July 1969 - October 1972)

80-14.14 County Administrator and Base Service Unit. Patient Case Listing. (June 1972)

80-14.15 County Administrator and Base Service Unit. Descrepancy Listing MH/MR Form 13 (June 1972)

80-14.16 Patient Index (ca. 1970 - 1975)


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