CARE IN THE COMMUNITY Care in the community is a vital plank of public policy (Ahmad and Atkin, 1996). It has re-emerged as a prominent feature of public policy in the mid-1980s; and has come to be an accepted part of the hegemony which governs how people with mental illness-whether black or white-are cared for outside of large-scale, segregated long-stay institutions. The main components of community care and attitudes associated with it are summarised and discussed below.