A man’s brother who endured repeated abuses at the Whiteing Forensic Hospital one day helped him think he could have changed his brother’s course by part of a $ 9 million won in a lawsuit against the state. We hope to be able to donate to a program that funds the type of home. life.
Last week, Albert Shehadi became the largest recipient of Connecticut’s all-time litigation payments to individuals after the settlement was approved by a judge. Shehadi found a scandal in which his brother William Shehadi was physically injured and mentally tortured by staff at the Whiting Forensic Hospital, and then the state department of the state, mental health and addiction services, and some. I sued the medical staff.
William Shehadi took years to stay at the court-ordered ten-year stay at the largest security facility on the Connecticut Valley Hospital campus, the only public mental hospital in the state. He kicked him, sprinkled him with liquid, and forced him to wear a diaper on his head.
William Shehadi, still in Whiting, was sentenced to hospital after being acquitted for madness at the death of his father.
His brother’s guardian, Albert Shehadi, said he believed in the abuse he had endured, calling him “a land of never whitening” if the state had more options for supportive housing. He said his seemingly lifelong judgment on things should have been avoided. For people with mental illness.
The $ 9 million settlement approved by the judge last week will be put into a trust fund for the entire life of William Shehadi. He said his brother would donate money when he died.
Meanwhile, he wants to share his message that the state needs more supportive housing and services for people with severe mental illness.
Albert Shehadi said his brother was suffering from social and mental illness when they were young, but his mental health worsened only when he left home on his own. ..
Growing up in Greenwich with his brother and parents, William Shehadi attended a university in Pennsylvania.So his brother said that his mental illness was “from the background. [limiting his] Life around the edge, overwhelming his life. “
William Shehadi soon graduated from school, went in and out of hospitalization services, and then settled in the apartment. In the apartment he was almost alone and independent.
“He was released into a privately owned apartment in a regular apartment with a very limited support system,” said Albert Shehadi.
While William Shehadi lived in the apartment, non-profit workers visited three times a day to make sure he was taking his medicine, his brother said.
But otherwise, his brother said, “Here is a man with this problem with a history of psychiatric instability left unattended for the remaining 22.5 hours of the day with television and his thoughts. I was there. “
“Of course, there was no good ending,” he said.
In 1995, Shehadi’s parents visited and the chaotic scene spread through the stairwell. His brother said it was still unclear what had happened, but a big and heavy man, William Shehadi, landed on his frail 89-year-old father nearby. Under the stairs.
According to Albert Shehadi, their father suffered multiple serious injuries, including lung punctures and jaw fractures. He died at a Stanford hospital a little over two weeks later.
Albert Shehadi said he believed that if William Shehadi had more supportive services and other housing options, their father would still be alive. And he believes that the life of his brother would have been much different.
“I’m sure my dad would have died of natural causes if Bill had been properly supported for his level of disability,” he said.
Albert Shehadi has participated in a long-standing court battle to claim his brother’s justice.
Shehadi has sued the state, the State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and its members, and 11 Whiting employees and managers in proceedings.
“This is a very difficult case, and now that it has been resolved, the state and the parties can move forward,” a spokesperson for Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said in a post-reconciliation statement.
The incident arrested 10 whitening staff and dismissed more than 35 employees, including Renata Kozak, the whitening chief of patient care services who had been discontinued due to her role in abuse. ..
According to court records, Mark Kason, a nurse in the third shift seen in video abuse and Shehadi’s abuse, in March 2017 with multiple counts of intentional atrocities and chaotic behavior against people. Convicted by a jury. According to the State Department, he has been sentenced to five years in Suffield’s MacDougall-Walker correctional facility.
Albert Shehadi wants his brother not wanting, even if he spends the rest of his life in whiting, but other patients and other family members have him and his brother. Endured saying that he wanted to guarantee that he didn’t have to experience what he was doing.
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He said state officials wanted to understand that the lives of his brothers could have been different. The cost of that care was also part of the proceedings. The state has agreed to abandon the bill.
Albert Shehadi says he wants to send the following message to the state: My brother would have had a very different trajectory in his life. He may or may not have been mentally ill for the rest of his life, but it wouldn’t have been the horror show he got in Whiting.
Shehadi said she would like to create new options for supportive housing and partner with organizations that help increase the availability of these types of housing networks throughout Connecticut.
Shehadi said his plan maximizes creative non-profit organizations that want to build alternative housing options for people with severe mental illness, such as community housing that offers more powerful services than independent apartments. The hospital said it is to provide financial support without having to live with the security of the hospital. He also wants to focus on creating more step-down housing options for those who move to less secure homes after committing to a place like Whiting.
And he said he wanted to show that he could do it. Safe and affordable, but with options for people with severe mental illness who are not white.
Winning the proceedings is only an important first step in the long road, Shehadi said.
“People with mental illness are still treated as second-class citizens in the state, so this is a big step forward for my brother, but there is still a greater environment in which my brother spent his life and he suffered from serious mental illness. I would blame my brother’s future repetition of having, needing service, and needing something he didn’t get — less than humanity, ”said Shehadi. “I’m still working because it’s still there.”