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Case Name DOJ CRIPA Investigation of Broadview, Cleveland, and Warrensville Developmental Centers ID-OH-0002
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
On April 1, 1986, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) commenced an investigation Broadview, Cleveland, and Warrensville Developmental Centers in Ohio, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. §1997. The investigation included tours of each ... read more >
On April 1, 1986, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) commenced an investigation Broadview, Cleveland, and Warrensville Developmental Centers in Ohio, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. §1997. The investigation included tours of each facility by DOJ hired consultations who specialized in the administration of medical care to institutionalized mentally retarded individuals. The DOC also reviewed and analyzed numerous documents, including policies and procedures in effect at each institution.

Following the investigation, the DOJ issued its findings letter in November 1987, which detailed deficiencies it found at the Broadview, Cleveland, and Warrensville Developmental Centers. The DOJ noted that each facility failed to provide professionally designed training programs in ensure resident safety and overused psychotropic medication to control the behavior of residents. The DOJ also found certain inadequacies in the delivery of medical care.

As each facility was in the process of implementing planned improvements to eliminate the reported violations, the DOJ advised that it would contact the Ohio Office of the Attorney General to retour the facilities in the future to assess progress.

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
Aggressive behavior
Assault/abuse by staff
Incident/accident reporting & investigations
Informed consent/involuntary medication
Record-keeping
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Medical/Mental Health
Medication, administration of
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) Broadview Developmental Center
Cleveland Developmental Center
Warrensville Developmental Centers
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
Case Listing ID-OH-0005 : Nicoletti v. Brown (N.D. Ohio)
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Findings Letter re: Broadview, Cleveland, and Warrensville Developmental Center 11/20/1987
ID-OH-0002-0001.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 Reynolds, William Bradford (District of Columbia)
ID-OH-0002-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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