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Case Name U.S. v. New Mexico ID-NM-0001
Docket / Court 86-09-32 ( D.N.M. )
State/Territory New Mexico
Case Type(s) Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Attorney Organization NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Case Summary
In August 1986, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997, against the State of New Mexico. The Complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico, asked the court for injunctive ... read more >
In August 1986, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997, against the State of New Mexico. The Complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico, asked the court for injunctive relief, alleging that the State had failed to protect the constitutional rights of residents of Fort Stanton Hospital and Training School in Fort Stanton, New Mexico, a state-run facility for developmentally disabled individuals. The State failed to provide medical care, to administer medications correctly, and to use physical restraints only when appropriate.

The lawsuit was prompted by an investigation, which began in December 1984, into the conditions at Fort Stanton. Through interviews and tours, the Department found insufficient medical coverage for residents, including only one doctor on duty, an inaccurate record-keeping system, and the use of chemical restraints. The government's report, issued in December 1985, recommended the employment of a sufficient number of medical staff and the modification of medication practices to conform to professional standards.

We have only the Complaint and the December 1985 report in the file, so we have no further information on this case.

Laura Uberti - 07/18/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Record-keeping
Restraints : chemical
Restraints : physical
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, unspecified
Medication, administration of
Mental Disability
Developmental disability without intellectual 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) Fort Stanton Hospital & Training School
New Mexico Health and Environment Department
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice
Indexed Lawyer Organizations NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
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 No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of Fort Stanton Hosp. & Training School 12/24/1985
ID-NM-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Complaint 08/08/1986
ID-NM-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Joyce, Patrick M. (District of Columbia)
ID-NM-0001-0002
Lawrence, Paul S. (District of Columbia)
ID-NM-0001-0002
Meese, Edwin III (District of Columbia)
ID-NM-0001-0002
Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)
ID-NM-0001-0002
Reynolds, William Bradford (District of Columbia)
ID-NM-0001-0001 | ID-NM-0001-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Lutz, William L. (New Mexico)
ID-NM-0001-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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