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Case Name Mihalcik v. Lensink ID-CT-0004
Docket / Court 89-529 ( D. Conn. )
State/Territory Connecticut
Case Type(s) Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Case Summary
On August 15, 1989, two patients at the Connecticut Valley Hospital, a state mental institution in Middletown, Connecticut, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all persons with mental retardation who were or would be patients at the Hospital. The plaintiffs, represented by Yale Legal ... read more >
On August 15, 1989, two patients at the Connecticut Valley Hospital, a state mental institution in Middletown, Connecticut, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all persons with mental retardation who were or would be patients at the Hospital. The plaintiffs, represented by Yale Legal Services, filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, was brought against the Connecticut Department of Mental Retardation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

The plaintiffs claimed that the State violated their constitutional rights by subjecting them to physical and chemical restraints and placing them in seclusion. They further alleged that the State failed to provide structured behavioral programs and treatment, and that it had ignored state probate court orders to do so.

The defendants filed a Motion to Dismiss. On March 9, 1990, the court (Judge Peter C. Dorsey) denied the defendants' motion. Mihalcik v. Lensink, 732 F. Supp. 299 (D. Conn. 1990).

According to the PACER docket, on March 5, 1993, the parties filed a Joint Motion for Approval of Stipulation and Order resolving all outstanding issues in the case. On March 12, 1993, the court (Judge Dorsey) approved the Order and ordered the case to be dismissed the same day. The parties were ordered to continue to submit status reports to the court every six months.

We have only the opinion and a few docket entries in the file so we have no further information on this case.

Laura Uberti - 07/17/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Confinement/isolation
Individualized planning
Reassessment and care planning
Restraints : chemical
Restraints : physical
Mental Disability
Intellectual/developmental disability, unspecified
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Connecticut Department of Mental Retardation
Connecticut Valley Hospital
Plaintiff Description All persons with mental retardation who were or would be patients at Connecticut Valley Hospital.
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 not on record
Case Closing Year 1993
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
89-529 (D. Conn.) 10/26/2005
ID-CT-0004-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Ruling on Motions to Dismiss 03/09/1990 (732 F.Supp. 299) (D. Conn.)
ID-CT-0004-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Dorsey, Peter Collins (D. Conn.)
ID-CT-0004-0001 | ID-CT-0004-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Lucht, Carroll L. (Connecticut)
ID-CT-0004-9000
McCarthy, Mary (Connecticut)
ID-CT-0004-0001
Peters, Jean Koh (Connecticut)
ID-CT-0004-0001 | ID-CT-0004-9000
Pottenger, John L. Jr. (Connecticut)
ID-CT-0004-0001 | ID-CT-0004-9000
Wizner, Stephen (Connecticut)
ID-CT-0004-0001 | ID-CT-0004-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Comerford, Jane D. (Connecticut)
ID-CT-0004-9000
Gerner, Patricia A. (Connecticut)
ID-CT-0004-0001
Lahey, Paul J. (Connecticut)
ID-CT-0004-0001 | ID-CT-0004-9000
Schuman, Carl (Connecticut)
ID-CT-0004-0001
Welsh, James P. (Connecticut)
ID-CT-0004-0001 | ID-CT-0004-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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