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Case Name DOJ CRIPA Investigation of Patton State Hospital MH-CA-0005
Docket / Court 2:06-cv-02667-GPS-E ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Mental Health (Facility)
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On May 2, 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division ("DOJ") sent its "findings letter" to California's governor, advising him of the results of the December 2005, DOJ investigation of conditions and practices at the Patton State Hospital ("PSH"), a facility housing mentally ill ... read more >
On May 2, 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division ("DOJ") sent its "findings letter" to California's governor, advising him of the results of the December 2005, DOJ investigation of conditions and practices at the Patton State Hospital ("PSH"), a facility housing mentally ill persons. The investigation occurred under the authority of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1997. DOJ and expert consultants visited the facility, reviewed a wide array of documents there, and conducted interviews with personnel and residents. The letter commended PSH staff for providing a high level of cooperation during the investigation, as well as the dedication many showed for patient well-being. Nevertheless, the investigation found "significant and wide-ranging" deficiencies in patient care at PSH.

DOJ concluded that deficiencies in conditions of patient care and treatment at PSH existed as to eight topic areas, including (1) psychiatry; (2) pharmaceutical services; (3) psychology; (4) medical care, including general medical services, medical and dental record-keeping, physical, speech, and occupational therapy, and dietary care; (5) nursing services; (6) placement in the most integrated setting; (7) protection from harm; and (8) use of restraints, seclusion, and "as-needed" medications (i.e., pro re nata, or "PRN," psychiatric medications). The letter provided details of deficiencies for all eight of these categories. Moreover, the findings letter stated that these shortcomings were materially similar to those outlined in the findings letters to the state in 2003 and 2004 concerning a similar state mental health hospital.

Minimally-acceptable remedial measures for each of these categories were outlined in the letter, which referenced a more detailed "Enhancement Plan" which had been negotiated by the state and the DOJ. That plan existed as part of a May 2, 2006, consent judgment in a separate civil rights enforcement proceeding concerning, at first, two other California mental health facilities. Settlement in that matter formed the basis for a February 27, 2007, amended consent judgment which included PSH and a fourth California mental hospital. Summarized information about that proceeding exists in this database at case MH-CA-0004 (U.S. v. California). Related information about the fourth hospital (Atascadero State Hospital) exists in this database at case MH-CA-0002.

Mike Fagan - 05/22/2008
Andrew Junker - 11/12/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Disability
Integrated setting
Least restrictive environment
General
Aggressive behavior
Classification / placement
Confinement/isolation
Record-keeping
Restraints : physical
Sex w/ staff; sexual harassment by staff
Sexual abuse by residents/inmates
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Medication, administration of
Mental health care, general
Suicide prevention
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) Patton State Hospital
Plaintiff Description U.S. DOJ (Civil Rights Enforcement Division)
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 Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2006 - 2011
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Case Listing MH-CA-0004 : U.S. v. California (C.D. Cal.)
MH-CA-0002 : DOJ CRIPA Investigation of Atascadero State Hospital, Atascadero, California (C.D. Cal.)
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Re: Patton State Hospital, Patton, California 05/02/2006
MH-CA-0005-0001 PDF | Detail
(Amended) Consent Judgment 02/27/2007
MH-CA-0005-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Schiavelli, George P. (C.D. Cal.)
MH-CA-0005-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bohan, Mary (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0005-0002
Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0005-0002
Cuncannan, Jacqueline (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0005-0002
Daniels, Howard F. (California)
MH-CA-0005-0002
Donnelly, Matthew J. (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0005-0002
Kim, Wan J. (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0005-0001 | MH-CA-0005-0002
Maddox, William G. (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0005-0002
Plessman, Gary L. (California)
MH-CA-0005-0002
Seltman, Lee (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0005-0002
Tayloe, Benjamin O. (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0005-0002
Weidman, Leon W. (California)
MH-CA-0005-0002
Yang, Deborah W. (California)
MH-CA-0005-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Furtek, Frank S. (California)
MH-CA-0005-0002
Rodriguez, Cynthia (California)
MH-CA-0005-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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