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Case Name Steward v. Perry PB-TX-0003
Docket / Court 5:10-cv-01025-OLG ( W.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
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
Plaintiffs, adults with developmental disabilities who are currently institutionalized, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas alleging that they, along with the class of similarly situated individuals, are institutionalized unnecessarily as a result of the ... read more >
Plaintiffs, adults with developmental disabilities who are currently institutionalized, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas alleging that they, along with the class of similarly situated individuals, are institutionalized unnecessarily as a result of the policies of the state of Texas. There are also two organizational Plaintiffs: the Arc of Texas and the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities. The Plaintiffs allege that Texas is failing to provide adequate habilitation and support services in the community that would allow them to avoid institutionalization or transition out of institutions. They allege that individuals with developmental disabilities must enter institutions in order to receive necessary services in Texas. Furthermore, the Plaintiffs claim that the state is systematically violating a provision of the Nursing Home Reform Act (NHRA) known as Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR), which would divert individuals slated to enter nursing facilities into community placements if institutionalization is deemed unnecessary. The Plaintiffs have alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the federal Medicaid Act, and the Nursing Home Reform Act.

The Plaintiffs filed a complaint on December 20, 2010 and a motion for class certification on January 19, 2011. The Defendants filed a motion to abate the Plaintiffs' motion for class certification, asking the court to delay a ruling on class certification until the parties could conduct further discovery and the court could consider a motion to dismiss. The court ultimately granted this motion on September 27, 2011. Class certification is still pending in this case.

The Defendants filed a motion to dismiss on March 8, 2011, claiming that Plaintiffs lacked standing, claims against the governor were barred by sovereign immunity, and that Plaintiffs failed to state a claim upon which relief could be granted. The United States (Department of Justice) filed a brief opposing the Defendants' motion to dismiss, and on June 22, 2011, the United States moved to intervene in the case.

The Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint on October 4, 2011, and the Defendants filed a second motion to dismiss in response on November 4, 2011. The United States filed an additional brief opposing the Defendants' motion soon after.

The court has not yet ruled on either the Plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction or the Defendants' motion to dismiss. The court heard arguments on both motions on September 12, 2012 and has taken the motions under advisement. The court has repeatedly agreed to continue scheduled hearings and suspend deadlines and certain discovery requirements. In addition, the Plaintiffs filed an amended motion for class certification on July 9, 2012, but this too remains pending before the court.

The court granted the United States' motion to intervene on September 20, 2012, and the United States filed its complaint in intervention. The Plaintiffs filed a motion to compel discovery in late 2012, and the case remains open.

Beth Kurtz - 02/20/2013


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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
Habilitation (training/treatment)
Public benefits (includes, e.g., in-state tuition, govt. jobs)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Nursing Care Reform Act of 1987/ Omnibus Reconciliation Act
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Title XIX of the Social Security (Medicaid) Act, 42 U.S.C §1396
Defendant(s) State of Texas
Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are two organizations representing people with disabilities and several institutionalized adults with developmental disabilities.
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)
5:10-cv-1025 (W.D. Tex.) 09/02/2014
PB-TX-0003-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 12/20/2010
PB-TX-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's Motion for Class Certification 01/19/2011
PB-TX-0003-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Class Certification 01/19/2011
PB-TX-0003-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Opposed Motion to Abate Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification 01/26/2011
PB-TX-0003-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's Opposition to Defendants' Opposed Motion to Abate Motion for Class Certification 02/04/2011
PB-TX-0003-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Motion to Dimiss Plaintiff's Complaint 03/08/2011
PB-TX-0003-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Response in Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Dimiss Plaintiffs' Complaint 04/18/2011
PB-TX-0003-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Statement of Interest of the United States of America 05/18/2011
PB-TX-0003-0009.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Partial Consent Motion by the United States of America to Intervene and Memorandum in Support Thereof 06/22/2011
PB-TX-0003-0012.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Response in Opposition to the United States' Motion to Intervene 07/19/2011
PB-TX-0003-0013.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
United States' Reply in Support of Motion to Intervene 08/04/2011
PB-TX-0003-0014.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint 10/04/2011
PB-TX-0003-0027.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Partial Motion to Dimiss Plaintiff's Amended Complaint 11/04/2011
PB-TX-0003-0015.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's Response in Opposition to Defendants' Partial Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Amended Complaint 11/23/2011
PB-TX-0003-0016.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Supplemental Statement of Interest of the United States of America 11/30/2011
PB-TX-0003-0017.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Declaration of Garth Corbett Regarding Exhibits in Support of Plaintiffs' Amended Motion for Class Certification 06/09/2012
PB-TX-0003-0019.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Declaration of Karen Green McGowan, RN, CDDN, in Support of Plaintiffs' Motions for Preliminary Injunction and Class Certification 07/03/2012
PB-TX-0003-0020.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Declaration of Mike Bright 07/05/2012
PB-TX-0003-0018.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Amended Motion for Class Certification 07/09/2012
PB-TX-0003-0029.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Memorandum of Law in Support of Amended Motion for Class Certification 07/09/2012
PB-TX-0003-0030.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Granting Motion to Lift Stay] 07/22/2012 (W.D. Tex.)
PB-TX-0003-0021.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Motion for a Preliminary Injunction and Supporting Memorandum 07/23/2012
PB-TX-0003-0023.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Oral Argument Hearing Before the Honorable Orlando L. Garcia 09/12/2012
PB-TX-0003-0022.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
United States' Complaint in Intervention 09/20/2012
PB-TX-0003-0024.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Intervention 09/20/2012 (W.D. Tex.)
PB-TX-0003-0028.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Declaration of Garth A. Corbett in Support of Plaintiffs’ Supplemental Memorandum in Support of Amended Motion for Class Certification 11/12/2012
PB-TX-0003-0025.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Declaration of Stacy Lindsey 11/12/2012
PB-TX-0003-0026.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended and Supplemental Complaint 03/12/2013
PB-TX-0003-0031.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Second Amended Motion for Class Certification 03/12/2013
PB-TX-0003-0032.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Motion for Entry of Interim Settlement Agreement and Stay of Proceedings, with Brief in Support 08/19/2013
PB-TX-0003-0033.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Joint Motion for Entry of Interim Settlement Agreement and Stay of Proceedings 08/26/2013 (W.D. Tex.)
PB-TX-0003-0034.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Interim Settlement Agreement 08/26/2013
PB-TX-0003-0035.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Administratively Closing Case] 08/26/2013 (W.D. Tex.)
PB-TX-0003-0036.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Joint Motion for Modification of Approved Interim Settlement Agreement and Amendment of Order Entering Interim Settlement Agreement 08/01/2014 (W.D. Tex.)
PB-TX-0003-0037.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Garcia, Orlando Luis (W.D. Tex.)
PB-TX-0003-0021 | PB-TX-0003-0022 | PB-TX-0003-0028 | PB-TX-0003-0034 | PB-TX-0003-0036 | PB-TX-0003-0037 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Burton, Casey A. (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0001 | PB-TX-0003-0002 | PB-TX-0003-0006 | PB-TX-0003-0008 | PB-TX-0003-0016 | PB-TX-0003-0023 | PB-TX-0003-0029 | PB-TX-0003-0031 | PB-TX-0003-0032 | PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Corbett, Garth Anthony (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0002 | PB-TX-0003-0003 | PB-TX-0003-0006 | PB-TX-0003-0008 | PB-TX-0003-0016 | PB-TX-0003-0023 | PB-TX-0003-0027 | PB-TX-0003-0029 | PB-TX-0003-0030 | PB-TX-0003-0031 | PB-TX-0003-0032 | PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Dorfman, Deborah A. (Washington)
PB-TX-0003-0023 | PB-TX-0003-0030 | PB-TX-0003-0031 | PB-TX-0003-0032 | PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Foran, Sheila (District of Columbia)
PB-TX-0003-0017
Jackson, Sean A. (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0001 | PB-TX-0003-0002 | PB-TX-0003-0006 | PB-TX-0003-0008 | PB-TX-0003-0016 | PB-TX-0003-0023 | PB-TX-0003-0029 | PB-TX-0003-0030 | PB-TX-0003-0031 | PB-TX-0003-0032 | PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Koch, Robert A. (District of Columbia)
PB-TX-0003-0022 | PB-TX-0003-0035 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Nichol, Allison (District of Columbia)
PB-TX-0003-0012 | PB-TX-0003-0014 | PB-TX-0003-0017 | PB-TX-0003-0017 | PB-TX-0003-0017 | PB-TX-0003-0017 | PB-TX-0003-0017 | PB-TX-0003-0024 | PB-TX-0003-0024
Ostolaza, Yvette (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0001 | PB-TX-0003-0002 | PB-TX-0003-0003 | PB-TX-0003-0006 | PB-TX-0003-0008 | PB-TX-0003-0023 | PB-TX-0003-0027 | PB-TX-0003-0029 | PB-TX-0003-0030 | PB-TX-0003-0031 | PB-TX-0003-0032 | PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Paniszczyn, John Francis (District of Columbia)
PB-TX-0003-0009 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Rae, J. Paterson (Massachusetts)
PB-TX-0003-0001 | PB-TX-0003-0002 | PB-TX-0003-0003 | PB-TX-0003-0006 | PB-TX-0003-0008 | PB-TX-0003-0016 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Rush, Regan (District of Columbia)
PB-TX-0003-0009 | PB-TX-0003-0009 | PB-TX-0003-0012 | PB-TX-0003-0014 | PB-TX-0003-0017 | PB-TX-0003-0022 | PB-TX-0003-0024 | PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Samuels, Jocelyn (District of Columbia)
PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035
Schwartz, Steven J. (Massachusetts)
PB-TX-0003-0001 | PB-TX-0003-0002 | PB-TX-0003-0003 | PB-TX-0003-0008 | PB-TX-0003-0016 | PB-TX-0003-0023 | PB-TX-0003-0027 | PB-TX-0003-0030 | PB-TX-0003-0031 | PB-TX-0003-0032 | PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Shandell, Alexandra L. (District of Columbia)
PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Smith, Jonathan Mark (District of Columbia)
PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035
Tayloe, Benjamin O. (District of Columbia)
PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035
Toner, Elizabeth F. (Massachusetts)
PB-TX-0003-0023 | PB-TX-0003-0030 | PB-TX-0003-0031 | PB-TX-0003-0032 | PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Velevis, Robert (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0001 | PB-TX-0003-0002 | PB-TX-0003-0003 | PB-TX-0003-0006 | PB-TX-0003-0016 | PB-TX-0003-0023 | PB-TX-0003-0029 | PB-TX-0003-0030 | PB-TX-0003-0031 | PB-TX-0003-0032 | PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Abbott, Greg (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0004 | PB-TX-0003-0007 | PB-TX-0003-0013 | PB-TX-0003-0015 | PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035
Cobb, William J. (Georgia)
PB-TX-0003-0004 | PB-TX-0003-0007 | PB-TX-0003-0013 | PB-TX-0003-0015
Cochran-McCall, Amanda J. (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0004 | PB-TX-0003-0007 | PB-TX-0003-0013 | PB-TX-0003-0015 | PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Colmenero, Angela Veronica (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Crisp, Kay (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0015
Eccles, James B. (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035
Gibson, Darren Glenn (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0007 | PB-TX-0003-0013 | PB-TX-0003-0015 | PB-TX-0003-0022 | PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Hodge, Daniel T. (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0004 | PB-TX-0003-0007 | PB-TX-0003-0013 | PB-TX-0003-0015 | PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035
Juren, Nancy K. (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0004 | PB-TX-0003-0007 | PB-TX-0003-0015 | PB-TX-0003-0022 | PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Mattax, David C (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0004 | PB-TX-0003-0007 | PB-TX-0003-0013 | PB-TX-0003-0015 | PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035
Mitchell, Jonathan F. (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-9000
Morales, David S. (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0035
O'Keefe, Robert B. (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0004 | PB-TX-0003-0007 | PB-TX-0003-0013 | PB-TX-0003-0015
Oldham, Andrew S. (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0022 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Patterson, Michael James (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Penn, Amy K. (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Rietvelt, Marc (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Stephens, Andrew Bowman (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0006 | PB-TX-0003-0033 | PB-TX-0003-0035 | PB-TX-0003-9000
Vinson, Eric (Texas)
PB-TX-0003-0022
Other Lawyers None on record

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