verb (used with object), de·in·sti·tu·tion·al·ized, de·in·sti·tu·tion·al·iz·ing.
- to release (a person with mental or physical disabilities) 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.
verb (used without object), de·in·sti·tu·tion·al·ized, de·in·sti·tu·tion·al·iz·ing.
- to give up or lose institutional character or status; become deinstitutionalized.
1967 (disinstitutionalization is attested from 1955), from de- + institutionalization.
- The release of institutionalized people, especially mental health patients, from an institution for placement and care in the community.