Sunday, October 2, 2011

Lessons from the Periphery: Psychiatry in Saskatchewan, 1944–68

University of Saskatchewan
History of Psychiatry, 18(2): 179–201

The government of the Saskatchewan Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation, when elected in 1944, established programs for the state-funded care of all those suffering from mental illness.

It enacted legislation covering the care and treatment of the mentally ill and created a division of the Department of Public Health, the Psychiatric Services Branch (PSB), which both recruited and trained psychiatric staff, meeting the need for non-medical staff by creating a program for the training of psychiatric nurses in Saskatchewan. The PSB devised the Saskatchewan Plan for the delivery of rural services, centred on small mental hospitals of a revolutionary design.

Even though never fully instantiated, the Plan commanded worldwide attention. Saskatchewan was also remarkable for its research programs, covering almost all aspects of psychiatry.

Read this paper HERE  (pdf).

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