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Case Name U.S. v. New York MH-NY-0001
Docket / Court 88C-2337 ( E.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Mental Health (Facility)
Case Summary
On February 4, 1988, the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division notified the Governor of New York that it intended to investigate conditions at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center pursuant to authority granted by the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § ... read more >
On February 4, 1988, the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division notified the Governor of New York that it intended to investigate conditions at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center pursuant to authority granted by the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq. Sometime that same year, the United States filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York charging that the State of New York, the Governor of New York, the New York State Office of Mental Health, and Creedmoor Psychiatric Center were obstructing the Creedmoor CRIPA investigation. Specifically, the United States claimed that the defendants refused to grant investigators access to Creedmoor unless the United States signed a proposed consent decree in United States v. State of New York, a lawsuit dealing with conditions at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. The plaintiffs asked the court to enter an injunction to force New York to give the United States access to Creedmoor's facilities, staff, patients, and records and enter other equitable relief as appropriate.

We have no information on what occurred in this lawsuit after the Complaint was filed.

Elizabeth Chilcoat - 06/28/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
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Totality of conditions
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) Creedmor Psychiatric Center
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
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 Unknown
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Complaint for Injunctive Relief Jurisdiction 01/01/1988
MH-NY-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fidler, Gayle D. (District of Columbia)
MH-NY-0001-0001
Hughes, Verlin (District of Columbia)
MH-NY-0001-0001
Nelson, Mellie H. (District of Columbia)
MH-NY-0001-0001
Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)
MH-NY-0001-0001
Reynolds, William Bradford (District of Columbia)
MH-NY-0001-0001
Saria, Robert J. (District of Columbia)
MH-NY-0001-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Maloney, Andrew J (New York)
MH-NY-0001-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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