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Case Name U.S. v. California MH-CA-0004
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
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Benefit Source
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Preliminary relief granted
Reasonable Accommodation
disability, unspecified
Integrated setting
Least restrictive environment
Mental impairment
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Aggressive behavior
Classification / placement
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Habilitation (training/treatment)
Individualized planning
Neglect by staff
Restraints : chemical
Restraints : physical
Sanitation / living conditions
Sex w/ staff; sexual harassment by staff
Sexual abuse by residents/inmates
Special education
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Medical/Mental Health
Dental care
Medical care, general
Medication, administration of
Mental health care, general
Suicide prevention
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Type of Facility
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Metropolitan State Hospital
Napa State Hospital
Patton State Hospital
State of California
Plaintiff Description U.S. Department of Justice (Civil Rights Division)
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2006 - 2011
Filing Year 2006
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing MH-CA-0002 : DOJ CRIPA Investigation of Atascadero State Hospital, Atascadero, California (C.D. Cal.)
MH-CA-0005 : DOJ CRIPA Investigation of Patton State Hospital (C.D. Cal.)
ID-CA-0005 : U.S. v. California (N.D. Cal.)
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  An Analysis of CRIPA Findings Letters Issued to Jails for Constitutional Violations by the Department of Justice
Date: Apr. 15, 2016
By: Jeff Mellow, Bryce E. Peterson & Mijin Kim (John Jay College of Criminal Justice Faculty)
Citation: Am. J. Crim. Just. (April 2016)
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2:06-cv-02667-GPS-E (C.D. Cal.)
MH-CA-0004-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/28/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
RE: Investigation of Metropolitan State Hospital, Norwalk, California
MH-CA-0004-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/13/2003
Re: Metropolitan State Hospital, Norwalk, California
MH-CA-0004-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/19/2004
Re: Napa State Hospital, Napa, California
MH-CA-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/27/2005
MH-CA-0004-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/02/2006
Consent Judgment
MH-CA-0004-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/02/2006
Re: Atascadero State Hospital, Atascadero, California
MH-CA-0004-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/02/2006
Re: Patton State Hospital, Patton, California
MH-CA-0004-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/02/2006
Amended Consent Judgment [ECF# 9]
MH-CA-0004-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/27/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 297-1] (C.D. Cal.)
MH-CA-0004-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/03/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Collins, Audrey B. (C.D. Cal.)
Eick, Charles F. (C.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
Schiavelli, George P. (C.D. Cal.)
MH-CA-0004-0003 | MH-CA-0004-0006 | MH-CA-0004-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Acosta, R. Alexander (District of Columbia)
Birotte, Andre Jr. (California)
Bohan, Mary (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0004-0003 | MH-CA-0004-0006
Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia)
Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0004-0002 | MH-CA-0004-0003 | MH-CA-0004-0006
Cuncannan, Jacqueline (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0004-0003 | MH-CA-0004-0006 | MH-CA-0004-9000
Daniels, Howard F. (California)
MH-CA-0004-0006 | MH-CA-0004-9000
Donnelly, Matthew J. (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0004-0003 | MH-CA-0004-0006 | MH-CA-0004-0008 | MH-CA-0004-9000
Gonzales, Alberto (District of Columbia)
Jones, Terrence M (California)
MH-CA-0004-0008 | MH-CA-0004-9000
Kim, Wan J. (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0004-0002 | MH-CA-0004-0003 | MH-CA-0004-0006 | MH-CA-0004-0007 | MH-CA-0004-0010
Maddox, William G. (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0004-0003 | MH-CA-0004-0006
Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)
Plessman, Gary L. (California)
Schlozman, Bradley (District of Columbia)
Seltman, Lee (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0004-0003 | MH-CA-0004-0006
Snyder, Anita C. (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0004-0003 | MH-CA-0004-9000
Tayloe, Benjamin O. (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0004-0002 | MH-CA-0004-0003 | MH-CA-0004-0006 | MH-CA-0004-0008 | MH-CA-0004-9000
Weidman, Leon W. (California)
Yang, Deborah W. (California)
MH-CA-0004-0003 | MH-CA-0004-0006 | MH-CA-0004-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Angelopoulos, Tracey L. (California)
Burns, Janet E (California)
Furtek, Frank S. (California)
MH-CA-0004-0003 | MH-CA-0004-0006
Kim, Jennifer M. (California)
Prince, George D. (California)
Rodriguez, Cynthia (California)
MH-CA-0004-0003 | MH-CA-0004-0006

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