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Case Name CRIPA Investigation, Paramus (NJ) NH-NJ-0001
Docket / Court docket unknown ( No Court )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Nursing Home Conditions
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On November 1, 1996, officials at the U.S. Department of Justice recommended an investigation into the conditions of resident care and treatment at the Bergen Pines County Hospital's nursing home in Paramus, New Jersey.

The investigation was conducted pursuant to the Civil Rights of ... read more >
On November 1, 1996, officials at the U.S. Department of Justice recommended an investigation into the conditions of resident care and treatment at the Bergen Pines County Hospital's nursing home in Paramus, New Jersey.

The investigation was conducted pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997, following information that the residents' constitutional rights had been violated. Specifically, sources indicated that the facility failed to provide adequate medical and nursing care, nutrition, and sanitary conditions. It also exposed residents to harm and subjected them to excessive physical restraints. In addition, the facility may have failed to provide service to residents in the most integrated setting, in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 12101, the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Department of Justice's recommendation was based on state investigators' reports showing the hospital's failure to monitor and treat dietary problems; bedsores; fractures and lesions; and to develop suitable care plans.

One December 20, 1996, the Department wrote to the hospital to inform them of the planned investigation.

We have only these letters in our files, so we do not have any further information on this case.

Laura Uberti - 06/20/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Disability
Integrated setting
Least restrictive environment
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Reassessment and care planning
Restraints : physical
Sanitation / living conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Bed care (including sores)
Medical care, general
Wound care
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.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Bergen Pines County Hospital
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 Unknown
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
Memorandum re: Recommendation to Investigate Bergen Pines County Hospital, Paramus, New Jersey 11/01/1996
NH-NJ-0001-0001 PDF | Detail
Notice Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of Bergen Pines County Hospital, Paramus, New Jersey 12/20/1996
NH-NJ-0001-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Frohboese, Robinsue (District of Columbia)
NH-NJ-0001-0001
Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
NH-NJ-0001-0001 | NH-NJ-0001-0002
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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