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Case Name DOJ CRIPA Investigation of the Montgomery Developmental Center [MDC] in Huber Heights, Ohio ID-OH-0001
Docket / Court docket unknown ( No Court )
State/Territory Ohio
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
In September 1985, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) commenced an investigation of the Montgomery Developmental Center [MDC] in Huber Heights, Ohio, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. §1997. The investigation included a two day tour of ... read more >
In September 1985, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) commenced an investigation of the Montgomery Developmental Center [MDC] in Huber Heights, Ohio, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. §1997. The investigation included a two day tour of the MDC by an independent medical expert who specialized in the administration of medical care to institutionalized intellectually disabled individuals. The DOC also reviewed and analyzed documents, including policies and procedures in effect at MDC.

Following the investigation, the DOJ issued its findings letter dated March 5, 1987, which detailed deficiencies at the MDC, particularly in the areas of medication administration practices and resident safety. The DOJ found that an unusually high number of MDC residents were administered psychotropic medication and that MDC residents frequently sustained injuries from accidents, self-abuse, and resident-to-resident aggression. Record keeping in both areas of concern was noted as inadequate. The MDC was granted a period of three months for state officials, including the Office of the Attorney General, to voluntarily remedy the outstanding deficiencies.

The DOJ sent an updated findings letter in December 1987, noting that its expert reported that the MDC had made substantial efforts to improve medication practices but had not properly addressed the issue of resident safety. As the MDC continued to reduce its reliance on medicating residents, the expert predicted that the incidents of injuries would remain unchanged or could worsen. The DOJ made recommendations to remedy the concerns and proposed a retour of the MDC in three months.

We have no further information on this matter.

Dan Dalton - 03/14/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Incident/accident reporting & investigations
Informed consent/involuntary medication
Neglect by staff
Record-keeping
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Medical/Mental Health
Dementia
Medication, administration of
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. § 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Montgomery Developmental 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
Findings Letter re: Montgomery Developmental Center, Huber Heights, Ohio 03/05/1987
ID-OH-0001-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Findings Letter re: Montgomery Developmental Center, Huber Heights, Ohio 12/16/1987
ID-OH-0001-0002 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 Reynolds, William Bradford (District of Columbia)
ID-OH-0001-0001 | ID-OH-0001-0002
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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