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The Italian Law no. 180/1978 on psychiatric reform. The different souls of deinstitutionalization movement in Italy: A reassessment
Author/s: A cura della Redazione 
Year:  2019 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  10 Pg. 13-22 FullText PDF:  81 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PU2019-001002
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The unabridged proceedings of the morning of the first day of the International Meeting "An Italian ‘Madness’: The 40th Anniversary of the ‘Basaglia Law’" ("Una ‘follia’ italiana: la Legge Basaglia compie 40 anni") are published. This meeting was organized by the "Italian Association for the Coordination of Helping Professions" (Coordinamento Italiano Professionisti della Relazione d’Aiuto [CIPRA] - in the Main Hall of Milano-Bicocca University of Milan, Italy, on November 16-17, 2018. At the beginning there is the opening paper ("Origins and meaning of the Law no. 180/1978") by Bruno Orsini, the Senator who drafted the Italian Law no. 180 of 1978 (the so-called "Basaglia Law", after the name of Franco Basaglia [1924-1980] who was a leader of the deinstitutionalization movement in Italy in the 1960-70s), followed by a round table chaired by Paolo Migone and titled "The Italian Law no. 180/1978. The different souls of deinstitutionalization movement in Italy: A reassessment" ("La Legge 180. Le diverse anime del movimento anti-istituzionale: un bilancio"). Among the invited participants of this round table there were also some of the closest collaborators and friends of Basaglia: beside Bruno Orsini himself, the participants of the round table were Maria Grazia Giannichedda, Stefano Mistura, Leo Nahon, and Pier Luigi Scapicchio (also Luigi Cancrini, Franco Rotelli and Paolo Tranchina had been invited, but they could not participate because of other commitments). In order to give a full report of the discussion, all interventions are here published, also those from the audience. The following colleagues intervened, in alphabetical order: Giorgio G. Alberti, Tommaso Biccardi, Massimo Clerici, Antonello D’Elia, Donatella De Marinis, Cécile Edelstein, Maria Grazia Giannichedda, Santi Laganà, Pier Luigi Lattuada, Fabio Madeddu, Andrea Salvatore Meluso, Paolo Migone, Stefano Mistura, Leo Nahon, Bruno Orsini, Giuseppe Pozzi, Antonio Restori, Pier Luigi Scapicchio, and Riccardo Zerbetto. The video-recording of this morning session is on the YouTube channel of the journal Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane (, and the program of the meeting is on the web page convegno-internazionale-2018.
Keywords: Italian Law no. 180/1978; Psychiatric reform in Italy; Franco Basaglia; Deinstitutionalization movement in Italy; Bruno Orsini

A cura della Redazione, The Italian Law no. 180/1978 on psychiatric reform. The different souls of deinstitutionalization movement in Italy: A reassessment in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 1/2019, pp. 13-22, DOI:10.3280/PU2019-001002


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