The beginning of states building the public industry of psychology… Between 1953 and 1957, the Department of Mental Hygiene studied, in collaboration with a number of agencies and organizations inside and outside of state government, the question of meeting California’s largely unmet needs for mental health services. As a result of these investigations and several public hearings, the State Legislature passed in 1957, almost unanimously, the Short-Doyle Act for Community Mental Health Services.

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