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Case Name Brantley v. Maxwell-Jolly DR-CA-0023
Docket / Court 4:09-cv-03798 ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Special Collection Olmstead Cases
Attorney Organization NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Case Summary
On August 18, 2009, three individuals receiving adult day health care services in California filed a class action lawsuit against the California Department of Health Care Services and its Director to enjoin the Department from making cuts to the Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) services program. ... read more >
On August 18, 2009, three individuals receiving adult day health care services in California filed a class action lawsuit against the California Department of Health Care Services and its Director to enjoin the Department from making cuts to the Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) services program. Represented by Disability Rights California, AARP Foundation Litigation, and the National Senior Citizens Law Center, the plaintiffs filed their suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and alleged numerous causes of action: violation of the 14th amendment due process clause of the U.S. Constitution; violation of the American Disabilities Act; violations of the Medicaid Act; and violation of California Government Code sections 11135 and 11139.

The plaintiffs alleged that cuts or significant changes to the ADHC program would place elderly persons and adults with disabilities at great risk of permanent institutionalization. The proposed cuts would reduce ADHC services from 5 days a week to only 3, leaving a gap in service provision for elderly and disabled people otherwise unable to care for themselves. The plaintiffs sought injunctive relief for a class of individuals defined as "all recipients of Medi-Cal in California who receive ADHC services, whose benefits would be limited, cut or terminated" under the proposed legislation.

Less than a week after they filed the case, under the impression that the reduction in ADHC services would take effect on August 27, 2009, plaintiffs sought an emergency Temporary Restraining Order. Once the plaintiffs learned that the reduction would not take place until the week of September 7, 2009, they substituted a Motion for Preliminary Injunction.

On September 10, 2009, District Court (Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong) issued a preliminary injunction enjoining the California Department of Health Care Services from reducing, terminating, or modifying the ADHC program until an appropriate alternative could be provided to prevent institutionalization of individuals in the plaintiffs' class.

On February 24, 2010, the District Court issued a second preliminary injunction preventing the defendants from "implementing new, more restrictive eligibility requirements for ADHC services."

On August 10, 2010, the District Court granted the plaintiffs' motion for class certification. The court certified the class as "All Medi-Cal beneficiaries in the State of California for whom Adult Day Health Care benefits will be reduced, suspended, denied or terminated under the provisions of ABx4 5."

On December 14, 2011, the District Court approved the motion for preliminary approval of a settlement agreement. The settlement agreement "which preserves ADHC-like services for people who are at risk of institutionalization, in a new program called Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS). Similar to ADHC, CBAS will offer center-based skilled health and nursing care, therapies, transportation and other services, to eligible low income seniors and people with disabilities. Under the settlement, the planned December 1, 2011 ADHC elimination date will be moved to February 29, 2012 to ensure a seamless transition for eligible ADHC participants to the CBAS program." On January 25, 2012, the District Court entered the stipulated judgment pursuant to the settlement agreement reached by the parties.

On Sept. 15, 2012, the plaintiffs filed a motion to enforce the judgment and for the appointment of a special master. The district court referred the motion to Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley, who issued an opinion and order denying the motion on Nov. 20, 2012.

In their motion, the plaintiffs alleged that the state failed to take necessary steps to prevent managed care opt-outs; that it subjected some class members to long-delayed hearing decisions; that it subjected class members to illegal Quality Assurance reviews in determining CBAS eligibility; and it had not acted to support access to CBAS and prevent loss of CBAS services due to center closures. But Judge Corley determined that the state had not violated any aspect of the settlement agreement.

On March 8, 2013, Judge Armstrong accepted Magistrate Judge Corley's report and recommendation. He ordered that the plaintiffs' motion be denied.

Justin Benson - 03/29/2012
Andrew Junker - 11/10/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
General
Government Services (specify)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title XIX of the Social Security (Medicaid) Act, 42 U.S.C §1396
State law
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) State of California
Plaintiff Description Elderly persons and adults with disabilities who participate in Adult Day Health Care services in CA
Indexed Lawyer Organizations NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2009 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2012
Case Ongoing Unknown
Docket(s)
4:09-cv-3798 (N.D. Cal.) 03/08/2013
DR-CA-0023-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief 08/18/2009
DR-CA-0023-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Order to Show Cause 08/24/2009
DR-CA-0023-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's Notice of Motion and Motion for Class Certification 08/24/2009
DR-CA-0023-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion for Preliminary Injunction 08/26/2009
DR-CA-0023-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Reply to Defendants' Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction 09/03/2009
DR-CA-0023-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction 09/10/2009 (656 F.Supp.2d 1161) (N.D. Cal.)
DR-CA-0023-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Press Release 09/11/2009
DR-CA-0023-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
First Amended Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief 12/18/2009
DR-CA-0023-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction 02/24/2010 (688 F.Supp.2d 980) (N.D. Cal.)
DR-CA-0023-0009.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification 08/10/2010 (N.D. Cal.)
DR-CA-0023-0010.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief 06/02/2011
DR-CA-0023-0011.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Preliminary Approval of Settlement Agreement, Directing Notice to the Class, Setting A Scheduling Order and Fairness Hearing 12/14/2011
DR-CA-0023-0012.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulated Judgment Pursuant to Class Action Settlement 01/24/2012 (N.D. Cal.)
DR-CA-0023-0016.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation and Order Re Addendum to Settlement Agreement 04/13/2012 (N.D. Cal.)
DR-CA-0023-0014.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Report and Recommendation RE Plaintiffs' Motion for Enforcement of Stipulated Judgment and for Appointment of Special Master 11/20/2012
DR-CA-0023-0015.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Accepting Report and Recommendation of Magistrate Judge 03/08/2013 (2013 WL 895643) (N.D. Cal.)
DR-CA-0023-0013.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Armstrong, Saundra Brown (N.D. Cal.)
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Corley, Jacqueline Scott (N.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
DR-CA-0023-0015 | DR-CA-0023-9000
Cousins, Nathanael M. (N.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
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Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Anthony, Farah Shirin (California)
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Bagby, Kelly R. (District of Columbia)
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Brzovic, Daniel Paul (California)
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Capistrano, Robert P. (California)
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Carlson, Eric (California)
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Casto, Lorraine M. (California)
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Davis, Thad Alan (California)
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Gershon, Elissa Staci (California)
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Ho, Alice (California)
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Jones, Barbara Anne (California)
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Keys, Michael (California)
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Koslofsky, Jay B. (California)
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Kuwayti, Kenneth A (California)
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Perkins, Martha Jane (North Carolina)
DR-CA-0023-0008 | DR-CA-0023-0011 | DR-CA-0023-0012 | DR-CA-0023-9000
Petersen, Benjamin A (California)
DR-CA-0023-0012
Prindiville, Kevin Edward (California)
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Rich, Anna Margaret (California)
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Schur, Dara L. (California)
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Somers, Sarah (North Carolina)
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Su, Henry C. (District of Columbia)
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Swain, Kimberly C. (California)
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Tsai, Rocky C. (California)
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White, Lindsay M (California)
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Zeller, Kenneth Wayne (District of Columbia)
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Zirker, Elizabeth Anna (California)
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Defendant's Lawyers Bunshoft, Jennifer A. (California)
DR-CA-0023-9000
Carson, Susan (California)
DR-CA-0023-0012 | DR-CA-0023-0014 | DR-CA-0023-9000
Harris, Kamala D. (California)
DR-CA-0023-0012 | DR-CA-0023-0014
Sondheimer, Joshua N. (California)
DR-CA-0023-9000
Other Lawyers Deiss, Ila Casy (California)
DR-CA-0023-9000
Doi, Kathryn Ellen (California)
DR-CA-0023-9000

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