|10:39:02 PM - Fri, May 15th 2015
|In reference to your first question - I've observed many cases in which mentally ill individuals were transferred to State Schools (for the Feeble-Minded, i.e. facilities for the "mentally retarded") and vice versa.
It would seem that, particularly in the early half of the 20th century and beyond, mental illness and intellectual disability were practically interchangeable to some degree. That is an oversimplification of the facts - but, consider also the overcrowded conditions of either type of institution; that some individuals exhibited traits of both diagnoses; and that medical science in such fields were quite undeveloped compared to contemporary standards; it is easier then to understand why such a situation may have existed.
That an institution for the developmentally disabled was for "children" is a bit of a misnomer; even adults with disabilities were, at an earlier time in history, called "children;" and furthermore, such institutions, while ostensibly intended for school-aged children, were typically populated by people of all ages.
In your particular case, perhaps the patient, it was considered, might be better cared for at the latter facility rather than the former for some reason or another.
Edited On 11:09:54 PM - Fri, May 15th 2015 by Laddcurator