Dorothea Dix Reform Movement

Dorothea Dix Reform Movement

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  • I can hear screams and whips taking place inside of this prison...
  • Behave or ill beat you with the whip again!
  • Oh my goodness! The conditions and punishments are poor and terrifying!
  • We need to establish a new treatment system!
  • No whipping patients, and keeping them locked up!
  • The prison reform movement has made a major impact on the way we look at mentally ill people and how they should be treated the correct way. This movement took place in 1841 when Dorothea Dix was on her way to teach at a Sunday school when she noticed the the conditions of the local hospitals.
  • We will no longer brand patients with hot irons!
  • We will also no longer but debtor into prison!
  • This movement encouraged the idea that hospitals and insane asylums should treat the mentally ill patients with actual treatment and not punishments. The patients would be locked up inside of dirty cells, and where whipped when they misbehaved. Dorothea wanted to change the way they were treated by speaking out and talking to state governments about this issue.
  • You see, we really need to fix these conditions for the better.
  • Dorothea Dix was born in Hampden, Maine in April of 1802. She was in fact an educator and a social reformer who felt very strongly about how the mentally ill patients were treated. Dix would travel state to state doing research on the conditions of these hospitals. She campaigned the right to a system to establish humane asylums for the mentally ill.
  • You have been doing great this week, Josh! Ill just have you step on that scale.
  • State governments no longer put debtors into prison. Most states created special justice systems for children in trouble. Many had outlawed cruel punishments, such as branding patients with hot irons and leaving them locked inside of dark and dirty cages.
  • Dorothea Dix had created a document on what the conditions currently are in hospitals and how they should really be established. She shared this document with the Massachusetts legislature. He then agreed to increase the budget to expand the State Mental Hospital in Worcester.
  • I understand. I will increase the budget of the State Mental Hospital in Worcester
  • Today, insane asylums and mental health hospitals are a lot better than what they used to be back in Dorothea Dix's day, Now we have the right treatments and therapy for any patient that needs it. There are no more cages for patients to be locked up in, and nobody will be whipping anyone.
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