The case of Wyatt v. Stickney was a landmark case that helped establish minimum standards for the care and rehabilitation of individuals living with mental health issues and mental retardation.
In addition, this case paved the way for the deinstitutionalization movement of the 1970's. I am linking this post to an article about the case. This article is posted on a website called The Treatment Advocacy Center. This site appears to be a wealth of information regarding topics that affect us as social workers and our clients. Click the link to check out the home page of the site.