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On 13 September 1871, the [[ Newcastle Psychiatric Centre| Colonial Secretary’s Office of Sydney]] reported that ‘His Excellency the Governor with the advice of the Executive Council, directs it to be notified,that the buildings lately used as an Industrial School and Reformatory School for Girls at Newcastle have been appointed to be a Public Lunatic Asylum for Imbeciles and an Institution for Idiots. |+|
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The Kentucky General Assembly changed the name of the hospital to Western State Hospital
in 1919. Investigations by state officials and the Welfare Committee in the late 1930s resulted in renovations and higher standards. In 1950, 2,200 patients were admitted as "incompetent" with loss of rights. Tranquilizers came into use in 1955. By the late 1950s, several psychotropic medications were being marketed and there was a deinstitutionalization effort to weed out patients that did not need to be at the facility.