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Mental Health

MENTAL HEALTH
IN MISSOURI STATE PUBLICATIONS

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Publications Chronology

1844

1850

1852

  • Report of Board of Managers of the State Lunatic Asylum, pp. 155-205 in legislative journal appendix. This includes the report of the Superintendent of the State Lunatic Asylum, pp. 185-205.

1854

1856

1858

1859

  • Report of the Board of Managers of the State Lunatic Asylum (Fulton) in MOBIUS

1861

1862

1863

1864

1869

1870

1873

  • Board of Guardians report (covers charitable and penal institutions supported by the state, including …prisons, lunatic asylums, schools for blind and deaf, homes for orphans and for feeble-minded, etc.), in legislative journal appendix

1876

  • Report of the public institutions and officers of the county of St. Louis : insane asylum, poor house, four courts and jail, auditor, engineer, road superintent.

1877

1879

1881

  • Committee on Deaf & Dumb and Lunatic Asylums,
  • State Lunatic Asylum [No. 1] - Fulton, and
  • State Lunatic Asylum No. 2 - St. Joseph, in legislative journal appendix

1883

1885

  • State Lunatic Asylum No. 2 (5th Biennial Report), and
  • Report of Committee...to Visit the Eleemosynary Institutions (includes State University, School of Mines, normal schools #1-3, School for the Blind, School for the Deaf, Lunatic Asylums #1-2), in legislative journal appendix

1887

  • State Lunatic Asylum No. 1 - Fulton,
  • State Lunatic Asylum No. 2 - St. Joseph, and
  • Committee Appointed by the Governor to Visit and Examine the Asylums, State U. and other Institutions…, in legislative journal appendix

1889

  • Lunatic Asylum - Fulton,
  • Lunatic Asylum - St. Joseph,
  • Lunatic Asylum - Nevada, and
  • Committee to Visit State Institutions, in legislative journal appendix

1891

  • Lunatic Asylum #1- Fulton,
  • Lunatic Asylum #2 - St. Joseph,
  • Lunatic Asylum #3 - Nevada, and
  • Committee to Visit State Institutions, in legislative journal appendix

1893

  • State Lunatic Asylum #1 - Fulton,
  • State Lunatic Asylum #2 - St. Joseph,
  • State Lunatic Asylum #3 - Nevada, and
  • Committee to Visit State Institutions, in legislative journal appendix

1895

  • State Lunatic Asylum #1 - Fulton,
  • State Lunatic Asylum #2 - St. Joseph,
  • State Lunatic Asylum #3 - Nevada, and
  • Committee to Visit State Institutions, in legislative journal appendix

1897

1898

  • Annual report of the superintendent of the St. Louis Insane Asylum.

1899

1901

  • Lunatic Asylum #1 - Fulton, MO,
  • State Hospital for the Insane #2 - St. Joseph, MO,
  • Lunatic Asylum #3 - Nevada, MO, and
  • Committee to Visit State Institutions, in legislative journal appendix

1903

  • State Hospital for Insane No. 1 at Fulton (25th biennial report),
  • State Hospital for Insane No. 2 at St. Joseph (14th biennial report),
  • State Hospital No. 3 at Nevada (8th biennial report),
  • State Hospital for Insane No. 4 at Farmington (1st biennial report), and
  • Report of Committee to Visit State Institutions, in legislative journal appendix

1905

  • State Hospital for the Insane, No. 1,
  • State Hospital for the Insane, No. 2,
  • State Hospital for the Insane, No. 3,
  • State Hospital for the Insane, No. 4, and
  • Committee to Visit State Institutions, in legislative journal appendix

1921-1926

1926

1927-1929

1929

1930-1944

1944

1945-1946

  • Biennial Report of the Missouri Division of Mental Diseases of the Department of Public Health and Welfare

1947

1947-1954

  • Annual report of the Missouri Division of Mental Diseases of the Department of Public Health and Welfare

1949

1954

1955-1958

  • Annual report of the Missouri Division of Mental Diseases of the Department of Public Health and Welfare

1958

1959-1962

  • Annual report of the Missouri Division of Mental Diseases of the Department of Public Health and Welfare

1962

1963-1972

  • Annual report of the Missouri Division of Mental Diseases of the Department of Public Health and Welfare

1974-1975

1974-1988

  • Annual Report, Missouri Department of Mental Health
  • Annual Report, Malcolm Bliss Mental Health Center, St. Louis (1975-1977)
  • Final report of Interim Committee to Investigate Security and Related Matters at the St. Joseph State Hospital (1988)

1989-1998

Current Missouri Division of Mental Health

Notes

"In 1847, twenty-six years after her admission to the Union, Missouri made the first provision for the state care of her “mentally deranged” citizens by authorizing an "asylum for the insane" at Fulton...The 18th Century of the "asylum approach" to the treatment of the mentally ill was considered an innovative and enlightened method of restoring mental health to individuals in the then sparsely populated nation" --Taken from Missouri Dept. of Mental Health web page on its history.

Although the St. Louis Insane Asylum was not technically a state institution, Missourians from other parts of the state were sent there because of lack of facilities in their own areas. In 1877 the Missouri General Assembly made an appropriation of $70,000 for support of the asylum. This appropriation was vetoed by Governor Phelps, on the ground that it was not a state institution--it being built and controlled by the City of St. Louis. The matter went before the Supreme Court, which rendered an opinion in favor of the asylum. (Taken in part from the 1901 Report of the Committee...to Visit and Examine the State Institutions of Missouri, page 113.)

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