Meaning of deinstitutionalize
Pronunciation: (dē-in"sti-t'shu-nl-īz", -ty'-, dē"in-), [key]
— v., -ized, -iz•ing.
- to release (a mentally or physically handicapped person) from a hospital, asylum, home, or other institution with the intention of providing treatment, support, or rehabilitation primarily through community resources under the supervision of health-care professionals or facilities.
- to remove (care, therapy, etc.) from the confines of an institution by providing treatment, support, or the like through community facilities.
- to free from the confines or limitations of an institution.
- to free from the bureaucracy and complex procedures associated with institutions.
- to give up or lose institutional character or status; become deinstitutionalized.