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Case Name Napper v. County of Sacramento PB-CA-0032
Docket / Court 2:10-cv-01119-JAM-EFB ( E.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
Special Collection Olmstead Cases
Attorney Organization NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Case Summary
In May 2010, individuals with mental illness filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California to challenge the County of Sacramento's proposed reductions in mental health services. The plaintiffs alleged that the County's plan to eliminate funding for Regional ... read more >
In May 2010, individuals with mental illness filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California to challenge the County of Sacramento's proposed reductions in mental health services. The plaintiffs alleged that the County's plan to eliminate funding for Regional Support Team (RST) programs and the Transitional Community Opportunities for Recovery and Engagement (TCORE) program would put the plaintiffs at risk of institutionalization, as they would no longer have access to the services that ensure their successful placement in the community. Although the County had indicated a desire to open new clinics to meet their needs, no plans had been announced. Thus, the plaintiffs sought to enjoin the County from closing the clinics.

On June 9, 2010, the plaintiffs filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to immediately prevent the closure of the clinics and a motion for class certification. The County filed its opposition to this motion on July 14, and on July 19, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a Statement of Interest supporting the plaintiffs' motion. On July 21, Judge John A. Mendez granted the plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction, but denied their motion for class certification as premature.

After a period of discovery and negotiations, the parties entered a settlement agreement in January 2012. The consent decree gives the County one year to develop a new plan that would preserve adequate outpatient mental health care while cutting costs. The agreement outlines a number of factors that the County will consider in developing its new continuum of care plan: peer-staffed clinics, help lines, intake procedures, etc. The agreement also provides that the County will hold public meetings to provide mechanisms for public input into the process. The County's report is due on December 31, 2012, and the consent decree is set to expire on January 31, 2013.

As of November 2014, nothing new has been added to this case.

Beth Kurtz - 11/16/2012
Andrew Junker - 10/29/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Benefit Source
Medicaid
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Content of Injunction
Monitoring
Reasonable Accommodation
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Disability
Integrated setting
Least restrictive environment
Mental impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Classification / placement
Deinstitutionalization/decarceration
Habilitation (training/treatment)
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
Mental Illness, Unspecified
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title XIX of the Social Security (Medicaid) Act, 42 U.S.C §1396
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) County of Sacramento
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are individuals with mental illness who receive services under California's Medicaid program, Medi-Cal. The plaintiffs alleged that reductions in mental health coverage would place them at risk of institutionalization.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2012 - 2013
Case Closing Year 2012
Case Ongoing Unknown
Docket(s)
2:10-cv-01119 (E.D. Cal.) 05/03/2012
PB-CA-0032-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief 05/06/2010
PB-CA-0032-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Notice of Motion and Motion for Preliminary Injunction 05/08/2010
PB-CA-0032-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction 05/09/2010
PB-CA-0032-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Notice of Motion and Motion for Class Certification 05/09/2010
PB-CA-0032-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Motion for Class Certification 05/09/2010
PB-CA-0032-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Answer to Class Action Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief 05/23/2010
PB-CA-0032-0016.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Opposition to Motion for Preliminary Injunction 07/07/2010
PB-CA-0032-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum in Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification 07/07/2010
PB-CA-0032-0009.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Reply Memorandum in Support of Motion for Class Certification 07/14/2010
PB-CA-0032-0010.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Reply Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction 07/14/2010
PB-CA-0032-0015.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Statement of Interest of the United States 07/19/2010
PB-CA-0032-0017.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section
Order Granting Motion for Preliminary Injunction 07/27/2010 (E.D. Cal.)
PB-CA-0032-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation of Parties to a Resolution of all Matters at Issue 01/20/2012 (E.D. Cal.)
PB-CA-0032-0013.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Memorandum of Points and Authorities Re Parties' Settlement and Entry of Proposed Consent Decree 01/23/2012
PB-CA-0032-0012.pdf | Detail
Stipulations of Parties to a Resolution of all Matters at Issue 01/24/2012 (E.D. Cal.)
PB-CA-0032-0011.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Parties' Report Regarding Settlement of Plaintiffs' Counsels' Fee, Cost and Expenses 05/01/2012
PB-CA-0032-0014.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Brennan, Edmund F. Court not on record
PB-CA-0032-9000
Mendez, John A. (E.D. Cal.)
PB-CA-0032-0011 | PB-CA-0032-0013 | PB-CA-0032-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Alger, Maureen P. (California)
PB-CA-0032-0012 | PB-CA-0032-9000
Bird, Melinda R. (California)
PB-CA-0032-9000
Branick-Abilla, Margaret I. (California)
PB-CA-0032-0001 | PB-CA-0032-0002 | PB-CA-0032-0003 | PB-CA-0032-0004 | PB-CA-0032-0005 | PB-CA-0032-0006 | PB-CA-0032-0010 | PB-CA-0032-0015 | PB-CA-0032-9000
Dozier, Antionette D (California)
PB-CA-0032-9000
Freeman, William S. (California)
PB-CA-0032-0001 | PB-CA-0032-0002 | PB-CA-0032-0003 | PB-CA-0032-0004 | PB-CA-0032-0005 | PB-CA-0032-0006 | PB-CA-0032-0010 | PB-CA-0032-0015 | PB-CA-0032-9000
Gee, Suzanna (California)
PB-CA-0032-0001 | PB-CA-0032-0002 | PB-CA-0032-0003 | PB-CA-0032-0004 | PB-CA-0032-0005 | PB-CA-0032-0006 | PB-CA-0032-0010 | PB-CA-0032-0012 | PB-CA-0032-0015 | PB-CA-0032-9000
Koslofsky, Jay B. (California)
PB-CA-0032-0001 | PB-CA-0032-0002 | PB-CA-0032-0003 | PB-CA-0032-0004 | PB-CA-0032-0005 | PB-CA-0032-0006 | PB-CA-0032-0010 | PB-CA-0032-0012 | PB-CA-0032-0015 | PB-CA-0032-9000
Lewis, Kimberly (California)
PB-CA-0032-9000
Nash, Amy E. (California)
PB-CA-0032-0001 | PB-CA-0032-0002 | PB-CA-0032-0003 | PB-CA-0032-0004 | PB-CA-0032-0005 | PB-CA-0032-0006 | PB-CA-0032-0010 | PB-CA-0032-0012 | PB-CA-0032-0015 | PB-CA-0032-9000
Newman, Robert D. Jr. (California)
PB-CA-0032-0005 | PB-CA-0032-0006 | PB-CA-0032-0012 | PB-CA-0032-0013 | PB-CA-0032-0014 | PB-CA-0032-9000
Rashkis, Sean (California)
PB-CA-0032-0001 | PB-CA-0032-0002 | PB-CA-0032-0003 | PB-CA-0032-0004 | PB-CA-0032-0005 | PB-CA-0032-0006 | PB-CA-0032-0010 | PB-CA-0032-0012 | PB-CA-0032-0015 | PB-CA-0032-9000
Schell, Will (California)
PB-CA-0032-0001 | PB-CA-0032-0002 | PB-CA-0032-0003 | PB-CA-0032-0004 | PB-CA-0032-0005 | PB-CA-0032-0006 | PB-CA-0032-0010 | PB-CA-0032-0012 | PB-CA-0032-0015 | PB-CA-0032-9000
Seaborn, Stuart (California)
PB-CA-0032-0001 | PB-CA-0032-0002 | PB-CA-0032-0003 | PB-CA-0032-0004 | PB-CA-0032-0005 | PB-CA-0032-0006 | PB-CA-0032-0010 | PB-CA-0032-0015 | PB-CA-0032-9000
Swain, Kimberly C. (California)
PB-CA-0032-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bach, Michelle (California)
PB-CA-0032-0008 | PB-CA-0032-0009 | PB-CA-0032-0011 | PB-CA-0032-0016 | PB-CA-0032-9000
Heyer, Rick (California)
PB-CA-0032-0008 | PB-CA-0032-0009 | PB-CA-0032-0011 | PB-CA-0032-0013 | PB-CA-0032-0014 | PB-CA-0032-0016 | PB-CA-0032-9000
Powells-Mays, June (California)
PB-CA-0032-0008 | PB-CA-0032-0009 | PB-CA-0032-9000
Ryan, Robert Arthur Jr. (California)
PB-CA-0032-0008 | PB-CA-0032-0009 | PB-CA-0032-0011 | PB-CA-0032-0013 | PB-CA-0032-0014 | PB-CA-0032-0016
Other Lawyers Bagenstos, Samuel R. (District of Columbia)
PB-CA-0032-0017
Breen, Philip L. (District of Columbia)
PB-CA-0032-0017
Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)
PB-CA-0032-0017
Preis, James Joseph (California)
PB-CA-0032-9000
Rush, Regan (District of Columbia)
PB-CA-0032-0017 | PB-CA-0032-9000
Wodatch, John L. (District of Columbia)
PB-CA-0032-0017

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