Magazine article Developments in Mental Health Law

Wyatt Case Settled

Magazine article Developments in Mental Health Law

Wyatt Case Settled

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The Case which began as Wyatt v. Stickney on October 23, 1970, in a federal district court in Alabama has been settled. In an order entered September 22, 1987, the district court approved a settlement which dissolved the receivership into which the Alabama Mental Health and Mental Retardation system had been placed. The order also abolished the Office of the Court Monitor, which had been created to monitor compliance with judicially created standards of care. Pending motion by the state to vacate those standards, and motions by the plaintiff for judicially ordered funding and creation of an independent receivership were also denied by the court's order.

The order requires the establishment of a patient advocacy program and a quality assurance program. While both these programs may be internally operated by the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, the court enjoined the state as well to create a committee of independent experts to assure that progress is made toward accrediting its facility and in placing members of the plaintiff class in community facilities. The settlement order places greater emphasis than prior orders in this litigation on accreditation from the Joint Commission on Hospitals and on community placement. …

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