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May 13, 1949 - Image 8

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eteranCenter Pioneers in Mental HY
4 - - I M 'V C A ,:4 f r. '{X\' {N~
p/, Treats State Vets g
f*W4, . .. A Godsend to maladjusted state veterans, the state-supported, Uni-
versity-operated Veteran Readjustment Center, behind University Hos-
Y 7y f ~,Aw.:' b <.pital, is truly a pioneer in the field of preventive mental hygiene.
teThis is the sentiment expressed by Miss Dorothy Robinson, one of.
uI};.the*three psychiatric social workers comprising the staff of nearly 30
ter;" men and women at the clinic.

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 1949

CARPENTER AT WORK--Mrs. G. S. Rickert, oae of three occupational therapy workers, watches
with interest as a veteran patient jig-saws a piece of wood into shape. Magazine racks, trellises
and a full-scale wooden guitar feature work done by Centerites in the wood shop. And gracing
basement halls are glazed pottery lamps made by ambitious patients in other VRC shops.

THE WEALTH OF patients who have passed through Center doors
have poignantly borne out her statement. In a three-year span more
than 1100 of Michigan's ex-servicemen, suffering from battle fatigue or
neuroses, have emerged from the clinic fully prepared to cope with
everyday problems.
Only two requirements are necessary for entrance-the appli-
cant must be a veteran of World War II and a resident of the State
of Michigan.
Following consultation with Dr. Moses M. Frolich, in charge of the
clinic, the patient has a right to participate in all the varied activities
FIRST, HE IS assigned to either a single or double room, depend-
ing upon the seriousness of his illness, at only $14 a day, room and
board. (This figure contrasts with a $17.42 daily average cost of 58
Michigan general hospitals participating in Michigan Medical Serv-
At any time of the day, save rest hours, he may let off excess
steam in one of the clinic's seven occupational shops. Or he can
simply relax in the comfortable reading room or main lounge.
One of the main accents at the Center is on athletics, as shown by
a rabid interest taken by patients in the basketball court and nearby
baseball diamond.
COMMENTING ON THE value of a strong occupational therapy
setup, Miss Robinson says, "The most important thing is not the end
product, but the by-product. We try to give the men as much respon-
sibility as possible in planning their own activities."
She estimates patients stay an average of three months, but
that many return as out-patients. "They feel they don't need to
continue intensified psychotherapy, but that they require occa-
sional checkups before effecting a complete adjustment."
Most problems are results of service-connec4ed experiences, which
have either aggravated or been aggravated by relationships at home,
according to Miss Robinson.

CONSULTATION-Dr. Peyton Jacob, assistant d rector of VRC under Dr. Moses Frohlich, confers
with a patient in his office. After interviews, a, plicants may be chosen as either in- or out-
patients, depending on the seriousness of their it ness. Anyone may refer patients to the Readjust-
ment Center-personal physicians, psychiatrists, (r Veterans Administration officials. The modern,
two-story stone clinic currently spells home for 199 in-patients, one below capacity. In addition it
houses facilities for examination and treatment of seven out-patients daily.

A follow-up study, begun last
January by one of VRC's psychol-
ogists, reveals that 86 per cent of
patients released since 1946 are
successfully employed, or in train-
ing for useful occupations.
The main test of whether or not
a patient is cured comes if the
veteran can get along successfully
with his social contacts, Miss Rob-
inson noted.

REST HOUR--Three patients indulge in a friendly card game in VRC's spacious front lounge.
Large windows like above are common in the Center's recreation rooms. Another feature of the
lounge is a i:Jevision set donated by the community for patients' pleasure. The set's case was
made in the woodshop by one of the Centerites.

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most as fully equipped as a pro-
fessional carpenter shop, VRC's
woodworking room is a constant
source of pleasure, as well as
hard work, to patients. Tools,
like the drill being explained
above by the shop supervisor to
one of the patients, are supplied
through VRC operating funds.
Six other workshops are main-
tained as part of the Center's
occupational therapy program.



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