University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
new search
page permalink
Case Name U.S. v. California ID-CA-0005
Docket / Court 90-CV-2641 ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Mental Health (Facility)
Case Summary
On January 23, 1985, four patients at the Napa State Hospital (NSH) in Napa Valley, California filed a lawsuit against the hospital and the Department of Mental Health for the State of California (DMH) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging that their ... read more >
On January 23, 1985, four patients at the Napa State Hospital (NSH) in Napa Valley, California filed a lawsuit against the hospital and the Department of Mental Health for the State of California (DMH) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging that their constitutional rights had been violated by conditions at the hospital. This lawsuit drew the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice, who initiated an investigation into the conditions at the hospital on June 25, 1985, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1997, the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA).

On September, 13, 1990, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the State of California in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The DOJ alleged that the defendants had violated the constitutional rights of NSH patients by failing to provide adequate medical and psychiatric care, inadequate staffing levels and staff training, inadequate status review for patients, inadequate record-keeping, inadequate procedures for administration of medicine, and misuse of bodily restraints.

On September 17, 1990, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Judge Eugene F. Lynch) issued a consent decree in the case. We have no information on the content of this decree. On June 2, 1995, the defendants asked the court to find them compliant with the court's orders and terminate the consent decree. The plaintiffs did not object to this motion, and on June 8, 1995, the court (Judge Lynch) terminated the decree and dismissed the case with prejudice.

Kristen Sagar - 07/18/2006


compress summary

- click to show/hide ALL -
Issues and Causes of Action
click to show/hide detail
Issues
General
Record-keeping
Restraints : physical
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Medication, administration of
Mental health care, general
Mental Disability
Intellectual/developmental disability, unspecified
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.
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Napa State Hospital
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 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 1990 - 1995
Case Closing Year 1995
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing MH-CA-0004 : U.S. v. California (C.D. Cal.)
Docket(s)
90-2641 (N.D. Cal.) 06/06/1995
ID-CA-0005-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum re: Napa State Hospital Proposed S. 10 Investigation 06/25/1985
ID-CA-0005-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Findings letter re: Investigation of Napa State Hospital, Imola, California 07/17/1985
ID-CA-0005-0002 PDF | Detail
Complaint (Civil Rights) 09/13/1990
ID-CA-0005-0003 PDF | Detail
Memorandum in Support of Motion to Terminate Consent Decree 05/30/1995
ID-CA-0005-0004 PDF | Detail
Statement of Non-Opposition 05/31/1995
ID-CA-0005-0005 PDF | Detail
Motion to Terminate Consent Decree 06/01/1995
ID-CA-0005-0006 PDF | Detail
Order of Dismissal 06/08/1995 (N.D. Cal.)
ID-CA-0005-0007 PDF | Detail
Judges Lynch, Eugene F. (N.D. Cal.)
ID-CA-0005-0007 | ID-CA-0005-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Deutsch, David (District of Columbia)
ID-CA-0005-0005
Dunne, John R. (District of Columbia)
ID-CA-0005-0003
McGivern, William T. (California)
ID-CA-0005-0003
Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)
ID-CA-0005-0001 | ID-CA-0005-0003
Reynolds, William Bradford (District of Columbia)
ID-CA-0005-0001 | ID-CA-0005-0002
Schoen, Benjamin P. (District of Columbia)
ID-CA-0005-0003
Spelke, Robert A. (District of Columbia)
ID-CA-0005-0002
Stern, Robert H. (District of Columbia)
ID-CA-0005-0003 | ID-CA-0005-0005
Stutman, Edward A. (Pennsylvania)
ID-CA-0005-0003
Thornburgh, Dick (District of Columbia)
ID-CA-0005-0003
Yamaguchi, Michael J. (California)
ID-CA-0005-0005
Defendant's Lawyers Corcoran, Maureen (District of Columbia)
ID-CA-0005-0002
Dunst, Isabel (District of Columbia)
ID-CA-0005-0002
Johnson, Ralph M. (California)
ID-CA-0005-0004 | ID-CA-0005-0006
Lundgren, Daniel E. (California)
ID-CA-0005-0004 | ID-CA-0005-0006
Other Lawyers None on record

- click to show/hide ALL -

new search
page permalink

- top of page -