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Case Name Goodwin v. Shapiro MH-NJ-0001
Docket / Court 80-2828 ( D.N.J. )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Mental Health (Facility)
Case Summary
In 1980, past and present patients at Essex County Hospital Center (the "Hospital"), filed a class action lawsuit against Essex County, Essex County Hospital Center, and Essex County Department of Health and Rehabilitation in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The plaintiffs, ... read more >
In 1980, past and present patients at Essex County Hospital Center (the "Hospital"), filed a class action lawsuit against Essex County, Essex County Hospital Center, and Essex County Department of Health and Rehabilitation in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The plaintiffs, represented by New Jersey State public advocates, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that Hospital conditions violated their First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth and Fourteenth Amendment rights, as well as those under various laws and statutes of the United States and the State of New Jersey. Specifically, the plaintiffs contended that conditions and policies at the Hospital deprived them of their right to meaningful treatment, subjected them to inhumane and unsafe environmental factors, deprived them of effective medical care, confined them in unduly restrictive ward settings, deprived them of their fundamental personal and civil rights, and denied them access to their own funds.

On February 25, 1981, the District Court (Judge Herbert J. Stern) certified a class consisting of all past, present, and future patients at the Hospital.

The parties immediately entered settlement negotiations and, on July 20, 1981, the parties entered a stipulation of settlement, which the District Court (Judge Stern) approved. Under the settlement, the hospital agreed to submit to a court-appointed Master.

On August 2, 1982, the District Court (Judge Stern) granted the parties' joint request to publish the terms of the stipulation by issuing an opinion. Goodwin v. Shapiro, 545 F. Supp. 826 (D.N.J. 1982). The stipulation contained provisions respecting safety and maintenance, the physical and psychological environment, treatment, the token economy and behavior modification program, staffing, quality control and program evaluation, nutritional standards and diets, pharmaceutical services, medical records, patients discharged pending placement, miscellaneous provisions, and the monitoring agreement.

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Josh Altman - 06/28/2006
Nick Kabat - 10/29/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Content of Injunction
Monitor/Master
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
Jurisdiction-wide
Disability
Least restrictive environment
General
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Classification / placement
Conditions of confinement
Confinement/isolation
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Individualized planning
Record-keeping
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Essex County Department of Health
Plaintiff Description All past, present, and future patients at the Essex County Hospital Center
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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 1981 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Opinion 08/02/1982 (545 F.Supp. 826) (D.N.J.)
MH-NJ-0001-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Stern, Herbert Jay (D.N.J.)
MH-NJ-0001-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Chaffin, Paula S. (New Jersey)
MH-NJ-0001-0001
Rodriguez, Joseph H. (New Jersey)
MH-NJ-0001-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Barone, Susan J. (New Jersey)
MH-NJ-0001-0001
Ben-Asher, David H. (New Jersey)
MH-NJ-0001-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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