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Ricky Wyatt, 57, Dies; Plaintiff in Landmark Mental Care Suit

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 6, 2011 at 7:22 am

This article was written by Douglas Martin of The New York Times and I am trying to give it the widest dissemination possible.

It is a significant event in the world of mental health. as it reports on the death of a great contributor to the world of mental health.

Ricky Wyatt, age 57 was not a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, marriage or family therapist or any of the people we generally consider contributors to our field. He was however integral to our professions and greatly informed the practice of millions.

Ricky Wyatt was … a patient.

Mr. Wyatt many years ago was a patient in an infamous state hospital where despite never having been diagnosed or having been misdiagnosed by incompetent practioners was hospitalized essentially on the say so of a juvenile probation officer and agreed to by his aunt (guardian).

He became the lead plaintiff in a class action federal lawsuit which protested conditions of care at that state institution and in 1971 led to a landmark decision which forever changed the framework around how we do business.

I found this article rivetting as I am sure you will also.

Please enjoy this article:

William B. Hazel, III, ACSW, LCSW, LADC

Ricky Wyatt, 57, Dies; Plaintiff in Landmark Mental Care Suit

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