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The 1970s and 1980s - Evolving Mental Health Services

"The 1970s & 1980s - Evolving Mental Health Services"

Changing Needs 

The 1970s & 1980s witnessed significant developments at Brook Lane, driven by shifts in societal needs and the organization's commitment to mental health services.

In 1973, the cessation of the military draft led to a decline in volunteer numbers. In response, the Laurels dormitory underwent a transformation into outpatient office space, enabling Brook Lane to effectively address the burgeoning mental health needs of the local community. The year 1974 marked another milestone as an upper level was added to the administration building, reflecting the institution's dedication to accommodating its growing staff. This expansion was a strategic move to enhance administrative capabilities and ensure efficient service delivery.

More Additions 

The 1980s brought about further structural enhancements. In 1980, the west wing of the hospital was designated as an adolescent unit, recognizing the unique requirements of this age group. Four years later, in 1984, an 8-bed geriatric wing was seamlessly integrated into the hospital, catering to the specialized needs of the elderly. A pivotal development occurred in 1987 when a 16-bed child and adolescent hospital was constructed adjacent to the Laurels. This marked a substantial commitment to providing targeted care for younger age groups, reflecting Brook Lane's evolving mission. Closing the decade on a proactive note, 1989 saw the addition of a 6-bed children's unit and a dedicated playground, also adjacent to the Laurels. These two spaces are now the location where our Adult PHP (Partial Hospitalization Program) is housed.

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