For many years, there have been organizations and individuals that have sought to help people dealing with any number of situations and conditions adjust to living and being functioning members of society. After World War II there were homes set up to help soldiers make the transitions from war to living in their respective communities. During the 1960s, with the impetus toward deinstitution-alization of the mentally ill, the advances made with psy-chotropic medications, and the new community mental health legislation, the number of halfway houses increased greatly. As the emphasis on transitional facilities for the mentally ill grew, there was an increased amount of attention paid to helping individuals in the criminal justice system and with substance abuse problems make the transition from institutional life to becoming acclimated to the community. Today, there are halfway houses serving a variety of populations with a variety of issues.

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