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Case Name CRIPA Investigation, Silver Spring (MD) ID-MD-0001
Docket / Court docket unknown ( No Court )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On December 26, 1990, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a report to the State of Maryland on its investigation of the conditions of confinement at Great Oaks Center, a mental retardation facility in Silver Spring, Maryland. The investigation, conducted under the Civil Rights of ... read more >
On December 26, 1990, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a report to the State of Maryland on its investigation of the conditions of confinement at Great Oaks Center, a mental retardation facility in Silver Spring, Maryland. The investigation, conducted under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997, began November 18, 1986, and it included tours, interviews, and document reviews. It revealed violations of the residents' constitutional rights, including the state's failure to provide sufficient numbers of trained staff; to protect residents from injury; to provide physical therapy services; and to maintain accurate records.

The Department recommended several improvements, including professionally designed training programs for residents in order to reduce risks to their personal safety; individual physical therapy programs; increasing the number of staff; and implementation of a standard recordkeeping system.

We have only the Department's report in the file and so we have no further information on this case.

Laura Uberti - 07/21/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Habilitation (training/treatment)
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Medical 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.
Defendant(s) Great Oaks Center
State of Maryland
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 Plaintiff
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
Findings Letter re: Great Oaks Center, Silver Spring, Maryland 12/26/1990
ID-MD-0001-0001 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 Astrue, Michael J. (District of Columbia)
ID-MD-0001-0001
Dunne, John R. (District of Columbia)
ID-MD-0001-0001
Willcox, Breckinridge L. (Maryland)
ID-MD-0001-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers Curran, John Joseph Jr. (Maryland)
ID-MD-0001-0001 | ID-MD-0001-0001

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