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Case Name In Re: DOJ CRIPA Investigation of Chicago-Read Mental Health Center ID-IL-0003
Docket / Court Never Filed ( No Court )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Special Collection Civil Rights Division Archival Collection
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On May 26, 1993, the Department of Justice sent a letter to the Governor of Illinois detailing findings from an investigation of conditions in the Chicago-Read Mental Health Center pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutional Persons Act (CRIPA). The investigation was conducted in November of 1992 ... read more >
On May 26, 1993, the Department of Justice sent a letter to the Governor of Illinois detailing findings from an investigation of conditions in the Chicago-Read Mental Health Center pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutional Persons Act (CRIPA). The investigation was conducted in November of 1992. The findings letter indicated that conditions at Chicago-Read violated the constitutional rights of its patients to adequate medical care and reasonable safety. Inadequate conditions included the absence of professionally based psychiatric programs for patients, overuse and misuse of physical restraints, and building hazards. The letter described remedial measures the Department recommended be taken to remedy the deficiencies. These included modifying restraint and seclusion practices and enhancing staff training.

We have no further record of correspondence between the Department of Justice and Illinois regarding these conditions.

Angela Heverling - 03/21/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Individualized planning
Recreation / Exercise
Restraints : physical
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. ยง 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Chicago-Read Mental Health Center
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 None Yet / None
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
Re: Chicago-Read Mental Health Center [Findings Letter] 05/26/1993
ID-IL-0003-0001.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)
ID-IL-0003-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Burris, Roland (Illinois)
ID-IL-0003-0001
Shepard, Michael J. (Illinois)
ID-IL-0003-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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