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Case Name Joseph S. v. Hogan PB-NY-0020
Docket / Court 2:06-cv-01042-BMC-SMG ( E.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
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
This lawsuit was a challenge to New York's alleged practice of warehousing individuals with mental illness in nursing homes rather than in the community. The complaint, filed on March 8, 2006 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, alleged that New York frequently ... read more >
This lawsuit was a challenge to New York's alleged practice of warehousing individuals with mental illness in nursing homes rather than in the community. The complaint, filed on March 8, 2006 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, alleged that New York frequently discharged individuals from psychiatric institutions to nursing homes instead of integrating them into their communities. The Plaintiffs claimed that New York's policies forced them to languish in sometimes prison-like nursing homes without receiving any effective treatment or services. The complaint raised legal claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (under the 1999 Supreme Court precedent, Olmstead v. L.C.), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Nursing Home Reform Act.

The Defendants filed a motion to dismiss the suit, and after a few amendments of the complaint to address certain deficiencies (i.e. specificity of allegations), the court (on order from Judge Brian Cogan following a Report and Recommendation by Magistrate Judge Steven Gold) denied the Defendants' motion to dismiss. The Court found that the Plaintiffs had effectively stated claims under the ADA, Section 504, and the NHRA.

The parties then proceeded to discovery and trial preparation. Ultimately, the parties entered a settlement on September 7, 2011. The settlement provides for the transfer of all mentally ill individuals in nursing homes to community placements within three years. As part of the settlement, the state agreed to create 200 new units of supportive housing and to reform its assessment and placement system.

Beth Kurtz - 03/22/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Benefit Source
Medicaid
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Preliminary relief granted
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
Jurisdiction-wide
Disability
Integrated setting
Least restrictive environment
Mental impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Deinstitutionalization/decarceration
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 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) New York State Department of Health
New York State Office of Mental Health
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are individuals with mental illness who have been inappropriately placed in nursing homes.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2011 - 2015
Case Closing Year 2011
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
2:06-cv-1042 (E.D.N.Y.) 12/14/2011
PB-NY-0020-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANTS’ MOTION TO DISMISS THE FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT 09/18/2007
PB-NY-0020-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
PLAINTIFFS’ MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANTS’ MOTION TO DISMISS THE FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT 11/16/2007
PB-NY-0020-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
2nd Amended Complaint 03/05/2008
PB-NY-0020-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Magistrate's Report and Recommendation Denying Defendants' Motion to Dismiss 04/21/2008 (E.D.N.Y.)
PB-NY-0020-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Motion to Dismiss 05/23/2008 (571 F.Supp.2d 280) (E.D.N.Y.)
PB-NY-0020-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation and Order of Settlement 09/07/2011 (E.D.N.Y.)
PB-NY-0020-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Cogan, Brian Mark (E.D.N.Y.)
PB-NY-0020-0005 | PB-NY-0020-0008 | PB-NY-0020-9000
Gold, Steven M. (E.D.N.Y.) [Magistrate]
PB-NY-0020-0004 | PB-NY-0020-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Agarwal, Nisha Suresh (New York)
PB-NY-0020-9000
Bearden, Roger A. (New York)
PB-NY-0020-0002 | PB-NY-0020-0003 | PB-NY-0020-9000
Cho, Jeanne (New York)
PB-NY-0020-9000
Clune, Timothy A. (New York)
PB-NY-0020-0008 | PB-NY-0020-9000
Del Valle, Sandra (New York)
PB-NY-0020-0002 | PB-NY-0020-0003 | PB-NY-0020-9000
Engelman-Lado, Marianne (New York)
PB-NY-0020-0002 | PB-NY-0020-0003 | PB-NY-0020-9000
Feld, Dennis B. (New York)
PB-NY-0020-0002 | PB-NY-0020-0003 | PB-NY-0020-9000
Greendorfer, Lori D. (New York)
PB-NY-0020-0001 | PB-NY-0020-0002 | PB-NY-0020-0003 | PB-NY-0020-9000
Jacob, Beth (New York)
PB-NY-0020-0001 | PB-NY-0020-0002 | PB-NY-0020-0003 | PB-NY-0020-0008 | PB-NY-0020-9000
Jung, Veronica Seungwon (New York)
PB-NY-0020-0008 | PB-NY-0020-9000
Loewenstein, Nina (New York)
PB-NY-0020-0008 | PB-NY-0020-9000
Lowenstein, Amy E (New York)
PB-NY-0020-0002 | PB-NY-0020-0003 | PB-NY-0020-0008 | PB-NY-0020-9000
McAnnany, Kelly Jane (New York)
PB-NY-0020-0008 | PB-NY-0020-9000
Mueller, Roberta L. (New York)
PB-NY-0020-9000
Price, Rebecca (New York)
PB-NY-0020-9000
Rickner, Robert H. (New York)
PB-NY-0020-0008 | PB-NY-0020-9000
Seevers, Rachel E. (New York)
PB-NY-0020-9000
Shah, Aditi Kothekar (New York)
PB-NY-0020-0008 | PB-NY-0020-9000
Verner, Richard B. (New York)
PB-NY-0020-9000
Volpe, Lisa (New York)
PB-NY-0020-0002 | PB-NY-0020-0003 | PB-NY-0020-9000
Zucker, Cliff (New York)
PB-NY-0020-0002 | PB-NY-0020-0003 | PB-NY-0020-0008 | PB-NY-0020-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Arcati, Michael Anthony (New York)
PB-NY-0020-9000
Cuomo, Andrew M. (New York)
PB-NY-0020-0001
Gasior, John P (New York)
PB-NY-0020-0001 | PB-NY-0020-0008 | PB-NY-0020-9000
Hochhauser, Deborah (New York)
PB-NY-0020-0001 | PB-NY-0020-9000
Pepper, Joshua Benjamin (New York)
PB-NY-0020-0008 | PB-NY-0020-9000
Skolnick, Joanne (New York)
PB-NY-0020-9000
Wheeler, Christopher Shaw (New York)
PB-NY-0020-9000
Wilson, Scott Roland (New York)
PB-NY-0020-9000
Other Lawyers Murray, Elizabeth Kelly (New York)
PB-NY-0020-9000
Roberts, Kathleen Anne (New York)
PB-NY-0020-9000
Tawil, Abe D (New York)
PB-NY-0020-9000

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