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Case Name DOJ CRIPA Investigation, Enid and Paul's Valley State Schools (OK) ID-OK-0001
Docket / Court docket unknown ( No Court )
State/Territory Oklahoma
Case Type(s) Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Case Summary
In April 982, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] initiated an investigation of conditions at Enid State School and Paul's Valley State School in Oklahoma pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. §1997.

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In April 982, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] initiated an investigation of conditions at Enid State School and Paul's Valley State School in Oklahoma pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. §1997.

The DOJ investigation consisted of tours of Enid and Paul's Valley State Schools ("ESS" and "PVSS") by a physician, an educational psychologist, and DOJ personnel.

In May 1983, the DOJ issued its findings letter regarding the conditions at ESS and PVSS. The letter indicated that the DOJ believed that a pattern or practice of egregious and flagrant conditions causing grievous harm to the residents existed at both institutions. The DOJ cited the following deficiencies: inadequate medical services, lack minimally adequate training to enable residents to live in a reasonably safe environment free of undue bodily, numerous incidents of physical abuse of residents by staff, inadequate environmental conditions and lack of community placement. The DOJ outlined remedial action to be taken at both institutions.

On July 31, 1984, the DOJ met with representatives from the State Department of Human Services to review corrective action taken at ESS and PVSS. The DOJ also retoured both facilities. Thereafter, additional corrective measures were taken and the DOJ formally closed its investigation in January of 1985.

On September 17, 1985, the DOJ notified the State that conditions at PVSS still needed improvement. Those areas included: 1) minimally adequate training to ensure that PVSS residents are free from undue risks to their personal safety; (2) a sufficient number of competent and qualified staff to provide adequate care and necessary medical attention to the PVSS residents; and 3) prescription and review of behavior management drugs.

In May 1986, the DOJ notified the State that it was closing its investigation as it determined that PVSS had undertaken sufficient remedial efforts to eliminate the areas of concern.

Dan Dalton - 03/15/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Juveniles
Neglect by staff
Record-keeping
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Medicare eligibility determination
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) Enid State School
Paul's Valley State School
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1986
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Site Visit Report of Enid State School and Paul's Valley State School 06/11/1982
ID-OK-0001-0005 PDF | Detail
Findings Letter re: Enid State School and Paul's Valley State Schools, Enid and Paul's Valley, Oklahoma 05/23/1983
ID-OK-0001-0002 PDF | Detail
Correspondence re: Enid State School and Paul's Valley State Schools, Enid and Paul's Valley, Oklahoma 01/25/1985
ID-OK-0001-0003 PDF | Detail
Findings Letter re: Paul's Valley State School 05/02/1986
ID-OK-0001-0004 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Reynolds, William Bradford (District of Columbia)
ID-OK-0001-0002 | ID-OK-0001-0003 | ID-OK-0001-0004
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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