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Case Name Day v. District of Columbia PB-DC-0004
Docket / Court 1:10-cv-2250 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Nursing Home Conditions
Public Benefits / Government Services
Special Collection Olmstead Cases
Attorney Organization NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Case Summary
The Plaintiffs, institutionalized individuals in the District of Columbia with disabilities, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on December 23, 2010. The complaint alleged that the District of Columbia has policies and procedures that force the unnecessary ... read more >
The Plaintiffs, institutionalized individuals in the District of Columbia with disabilities, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on December 23, 2010. The complaint alleged that the District of Columbia has policies and procedures that force the unnecessary institutionalization with people with disabilities who could live in the community with appropriate services. The plaintiffs claim that these policies, which erect barriers to receiving long-term care and arbitrarily restrict the availability of community-based services, violate the Americans with Disabilities Act's integration mandate (under the precedent of Olmstead v. L.C.) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The plaintiffs filed this complaint in response to the failure of D.C. to develop and implement a working Olmstead plan.

On April 27, 2011, the Defendants filed a motion to dismiss or, in the alternative, for summary judgment. The Defendants claimed that D.C.'s policies were adequate to prevent unnecessary institutionalization and that none of the plaintiffs had demonstrated that his or her institutionalization was a result of the District's policies or that he or she could live in the community. The United States (Department of Justice) filed a brief siding with the Plaintiffs on October 3, 2011.

On February 14, 2010, Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle issued an opinion denying, for the most part, the Defendant's summary judgment motion. Judge Huvelle agreed to dismiss the individual defendant officials from the case, noting that the claims against them were duplicative of those against the District. But, Judge Huvelle denied the Defendants' motion on the substantive claims, finding that the District had no effective plan in place to prevent unnecessary institutionalization.

In April 2012, the District of Columbia announced a new Olmstead community integration plan. This case is ongoing, and the parties have are engaged in both the discovery process and in settlement negotiations.

Beth Kurtz - 02/08/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Benefit Source
Medicaid
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
Jurisdiction-wide
Disability
disability, unspecified
Integrated setting
Least restrictive environment
Mental impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Deinstitutionalization/decarceration
Individualized planning
Placement in mental health facilities
Public benefits (includes, e.g., in-state tuition, govt. jobs)
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Mental health care, unspecified
Mental Disability
Developmental disability without intellectual disability
Intellectual/developmental disability, unspecified
Mental Illness, Unspecified
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) District of Columbia
District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance
District of Columbia Department of Mental Health
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are institutionalized individuals with disabilities in the District of Columbia.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
1:01−cv−00887 (D.D.C.) 02/14/2013
PB-DC-0004-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 12/23/2010
PB-DC-0004-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Class Action Complaint for Declaratory and injunctive Relief 03/30/2011
PB-DC-0004-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Motion to Dismiss 04/27/2011
PB-DC-0004-0007 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss 09/01/2011
PB-DC-0004-0008 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Statement of interest of the United States of America 10/03/2011
PB-DC-0004-0006 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion 02/14/2012 (894 F.Supp.2d 1) (D.D.C.)
PB-DC-0004-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Order [Granting in Part and Denying in Part Motion to Dismiss] 02/14/2012 (D.D.C.)
PB-DC-0004-0010 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint 04/02/2012
PB-DC-0004-0011 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Notice of Filing of Olmstead Community Integration Initiative 04/06/2012
PB-DC-0004-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum in Support of Class Certification 05/15/2012
PB-DC-0004-0009 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Denying Motions to Dismiss Claims] 01/09/2013 (916 F.Supp.2d 65) (D.D.C.)
PB-DC-0004-0012 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Huvelle, Ellen Segal (D.D.C.)
PB-DC-0004-0003 | PB-DC-0004-0010 | PB-DC-0004-0012 | PB-DC-0004-9000
Kay, Alan (D.D.C.) [Magistrate]
PB-DC-0004-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bagby, Kelly R. (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0004 | PB-DC-0004-0005 | PB-DC-0004-0008 | PB-DC-0004-0009 | PB-DC-0004-0011 | PB-DC-0004-9000
Canan, Stacy (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-9000
Lav, Jennifer Rachel (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0004 | PB-DC-0004-0005 | PB-DC-0004-0008 | PB-DC-0004-0009 | PB-DC-0004-0011 | PB-DC-0004-9000
Niles, Lyndsay Ayanna (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-9000
Rifkin, Marjorie Lynn (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0004 | PB-DC-0004-0005 | PB-DC-0004-0008 | PB-DC-0004-0009 | PB-DC-0004-0011 | PB-DC-0004-9000
Schneider, Brian D. (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0004 | PB-DC-0004-0005 | PB-DC-0004-0008 | PB-DC-0004-0009 | PB-DC-0004-0011 | PB-DC-0004-9000
Thomas, Victoria L (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0008 | PB-DC-0004-0009 | PB-DC-0004-0011 | PB-DC-0004-9000
Vignery, Bruce (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0004 | PB-DC-0004-0005 | PB-DC-0004-0008 | PB-DC-0004-0009 | PB-DC-0004-0011 | PB-DC-0004-9000
Wahl, Barbara S. (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0004 | PB-DC-0004-0005 | PB-DC-0004-0008 | PB-DC-0004-0009 | PB-DC-0004-0011 | PB-DC-0004-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Baker, Melissa Lael (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0007 | PB-DC-0004-9000
Efros, Ellen A. (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0002 | PB-DC-0004-0007
Graham, Grace (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0002
Naso, Chad Alan (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0002 | PB-DC-0004-9000
Nathan, Irvin B (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0007
Patrick, Bradford Collins (New York)
PB-DC-0004-0002 | PB-DC-0004-9000
Sulkowski, Sarah Ann (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0007 | PB-DC-0004-9000
Valentine, George C. (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0007
Other Lawyers Barkoff, Alison (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0006
Contreras, Rudolph (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0006
Machen, Ronald C (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0006
Nichol, Allison (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0006
Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0006
Rush, Regan (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0006
Welan, Joy Levin (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0006 | PB-DC-0004-9000
Wohlenhaus, Renee M. (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0006
Wolfe, Kathleen P. (District of Columbia)
PB-DC-0004-0006

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