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Case Name U.S. v. New Mexico ID-NM-0002
Docket / Court 89-1165M ( D.N.M. )
State/Territory New Mexico
Case Type(s) Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Case Summary
On January 21, 1987, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), notified the State of New Mexico, of its intent to investigate, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997, allegations of unconstitutional conditions at the Los ... read more >
On January 21, 1987, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), notified the State of New Mexico, of its intent to investigate, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997, allegations of unconstitutional conditions at the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School, Los Lunas, New Mexico. Following its investigation, the DOJ issued its findings letter on September 12, 1988. The findings letter detailed the unconstitutional conditions revealed by the investigation, which included Los Lunas' failure (1) to provide minimally adequate training programs sufficient to ensure that residents were free from undue bodily and chemical restraints, (2) to provide minimally adequate medical staff and medical care and (3) to provide minimally adequate resident supervision to protect residents from unreasonable risks to their health and safety.

On October 27 . 1989, the DOJ filed a lawsuit pursuant to CRIPA in United States District Court for the District of New Mexico regarding the conditions at the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School, Los Lunas, New Mexico. The case was settled shortly thereafter. A formal Settlement Agreement was signed and entered as a formal order of the District Court on February 1, 1988. The Agreement called for implementation of various reforms at Los Lunas. The implementation period followed with the parties filing quarterly compliance reports thereafter until 1997.

On September 22, 1997, the District Court (Judge James A. Parker) granted the parties' joint motion to terminate consent decree and dismiss case.

Dan Dalton - 04/17/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Neglect by staff
Restraints : chemical
Restraints : physical
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) Los Lunas Hospital and Training School
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 1989 - 1997
Case Closing Year 1997
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
89-1165M (D.N.M.) 09/22/1997
ID-NM-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum re: Recomendation to investigate Los Lunas Hospital and Training School, Los Lunas, New Mexico pursuant to CRIPA 42 U.S.C Section 1997-1997j 01/13/1987
ID-NM-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Notice letter re: Intention to Investigate Los Lunas Hospital and Training School, Los Lunas, New Mexico 01/21/1987
ID-NM-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Findings letter re: Investigation of Los Lunas Hospital and Training School, 42 U.S.C. Section 1997b(a)(1) 09/12/1988
ID-NM-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Complaint 10/27/1989
ID-NM-0002-0004.pdf | Detail
Settlement Agreement 02/02/1990
ID-NM-0002-0005.pdf | Detail
Judges Parker, James Aubrey (D.N.M.)
ID-NM-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Deerinwater, Verlin Hughes (District of Columbia)
ID-NM-0002-0004 | ID-NM-0002-0005
Dennis, Edward S.G. Jr. (District of Columbia)
ID-NM-0002-0004
Katz, Cynthia L. (District of Columbia)
ID-NM-0002-0004 | ID-NM-0002-0005
Lutz, William L. (New Mexico)
ID-NM-0002-0004 | ID-NM-0002-0005
Nelson, Mellie H. (District of Columbia)
ID-NM-0002-0004 | ID-NM-0002-0005
Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)
ID-NM-0002-0001 | ID-NM-0002-0004 | ID-NM-0002-0005
Reynolds, William Bradford (District of Columbia)
ID-NM-0002-0001 | ID-NM-0002-0002 | ID-NM-0002-0003
Schwartz, Jeremy I. (District of Columbia)
ID-NM-0002-0004 | ID-NM-0002-0005
Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)
ID-NM-0002-0004 | ID-NM-0002-0005
Defendant's Lawyers Cerf, Christopher (District of Columbia)
ID-NM-0002-0005
Coppin, Chris (New Mexico)
ID-NM-0002-0005
Coskey, Susan (District of Columbia)
ID-NM-0002-0005
Klein, Joel I. (District of Columbia)
ID-NM-0002-0005
Stratton, Hal (New Mexico)
ID-NM-0002-0005
Other Lawyers None on record

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