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Case Name CRIPA Investigation, Fircrest (WA) ID-WA-0001
Docket / Court N/A ( No Court )
State/Territory Washington
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 February 6, 1992, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a report to the State of Washington on the findings of its investigation, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997, of the Fircrest Residential Habilitation Center in Shoreline, Washington. ... read more >
On February 6, 1992, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a report to the State of Washington on the findings of its investigation, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997, of the Fircrest Residential Habilitation Center in Shoreline, Washington. The investigation, conducted throughout 1991, revealed that practices at Fircrest, a state-run facility for individuals with developmental disabilities, violated the residents' constitutional rights. The Center was found to neglect residents, to overuse and misuse physical restraints, and to discriminate against certain residents based on the severity of their handicaps. Furthermore, the Center failed to provide a safe environment, medical care, and a sufficient number of trained staff.

The government recommended that Fircrest improve residents' safety by increasing the number of trained staff able to supervise residents; developing and implementing individual treatment plans; providing adequate medical care; and curtailing its misuse of physical and chemical restraints.

We have only the government's 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
Assault/abuse by staff
Classification / placement
Individualized planning
Neglect by staff
Restraints : chemical
Restraints : physical
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, unspecified
Mental Disability
Developmental disability without intellectual disability
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) Firecrest Residential Habilitation Center
Washington Department of Social and Health Services
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: Fircrest Residential Habilitation Center 02/06/1992
ID-WA-0001-0001.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 Dunne, John R. (District of Columbia)
ID-WA-0001-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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