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Dannemora State Hospital Psychiatric Examination Case Files

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of case files for inmates who received psychiatric examinations at Dannemora State Hospital. Information includes name; number; ethnic background; age; birthdate; birthplace; religion; marital status; date of admission; number of previous admissions to Dannemora; place transferred from; term of sentence; crime; diagnosis; previous admission to mental hospitals; results of psychological testing; family, personal, marital, military, and criminal history; and signature of the social worker completing the form. Also included are clinical summaries; social service contact reports and notes. Records are restricted.
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Quantity:
1.5 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
approximately 1968-1971
Series Number:
B0149

Arrangement

Numerical by inmate number.

Scope and Content Note

These are case files of inmates who received psychiatric examinations at Dannemora State Hospital. After examination the inmates were transferred to a state mental health facility or back to prison. Some of the inmates died at the hospital.

Each case file contains a personal history form giving: name; number; ethnic background; age; birthdate; birthplace; religion; marital status; date of admission; number of previous admissions to Dannemora; place transferred from; term of sentence; crime; diagnosis; previous admission to mental hospitals; results of psychological testing; family, personal, marital, military, and criminal history; and signature of the social worker completing the form.

The files also contain computer printouts giving inmate's name; social security number; date of birth; ethnic group; marital status; education; weekly family net income; household composition; and admission data including date, central office number, referred by, prior psychiatric treatment, last treatment facility, problems, problem duration, severity of illness, and provisional diagnosis. There are also Clinical Summaries giving a more detailed description of personal and family history and of the illness; Social Service Contact reports summarizing meetings between the patient and social worker; psychiatric and intelligence tests; typed note sheets describing inmate's illness, behavior, and attitudes; and typed notes on staff conferences on individual inmates.

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Access Restrictions

Restricted in accordance with Section 33.13, Mental Hygiene Law, relating to confidentiality of clinical records. Access permitted under certain conditions upon application to and approval by the Office of Mental Health.

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