Mendocino State Hospital, originally the Mendocino State Asylum for the Insane, was established in 1889. Major programs over
the years have included treatment for the criminally insane, alcoholic and drug abuse rehabilitation, a psychiatric residency
program, industrial therapy, and others. As part of a major reorganization by the Reagan administration, the hospital was
closed in 1972. Records of the hospital are divided into three groups dating from 1887-1972: Superintendent's Records, Business
Manager's Records, and Medical Records Division.
Mendocino State Hospital, originally the Mendocino State Asylum for the Insane, was established in 1889 (Statutes 1889, Ch. 23). By that law the Governor was authorized to appoint a board of directors of five members for a term of four
years to select the site and to manage the institution.
88 bound volumes, 520 file folders, and 217 photographs
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