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Case Name CRIPA Investigation, Helena (MT) JI-MT-0002
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory Montana
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Juvenile Institution
Special Collection Civil Rights Division Archival Collection
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On June 30, 1992, the U.S. Department of Justice initiated an investigation of the Mountain View School for Girls pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997. The investigation occurred on November 9-10, 1992 and the Justice Department issued its ... read more >
On June 30, 1992, the U.S. Department of Justice initiated an investigation of the Mountain View School for Girls pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997. The investigation occurred on November 9-10, 1992 and the Justice Department issued its findings letter on February 26, 1993. The Department of Justice concluded that certain conditions at the detention center deprived the girls detained there of their constitutional rights. The investigation revealed that the mental health services were deficient, that juveniles with disabilities were not properly evaluated or provided with appropriate educational services in violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act, and that the discipline system in place gave the staff unbridled discretion, which resulted in the placement of children with self-destructive behavior in seclusion and the use of mechanical restraints under circumstances that did not justify their use. Additionally, the investigation revealed that the environment in the building was unsafe and unsanitary as a result of the inadequate maintenance, fire safety risks, and the threat of food-borne illnesses. The detention center also required additional staff, and adequate training for the existing staff.

The Department of Justice required that remedial measures be taken to ensure that the constitutional rights of the juveniles were no longer violated. The measures suggested were the development and implementation of a mental health care delivery system, the compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act, the modification of the disciplinary policies and procedures, the elimination of unsafe and unsanitary conditions, and the enhancement of professional resources.

We have no additional information on this investigation, or any communications or proceedings that may have followed.

Kristen Sagar - 11/08/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Classification / placement
Confinement/isolation
Disciplinary procedures
Disciplinary segregation
Education
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Restraints : physical
Sanitation / living conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Mountain View School for Girls
State of Montana
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Findings Letter re: Mountain View School for Girls, Helena, Montana 02/26/1993
JI-MT-0002-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)
JI-MT-0002-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers Mazurek, Joseph (Montana)
JI-MT-0002-0001
Poppler, Doris Swords (Montana)
JI-MT-0002-0001

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