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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 sent a 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 ... read more >
On May 2, 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division sent a 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"). DOJ and expert consultants visited the facility, reviewed a wide array of documents and conducted interviews with personnel and residents. The investigation found "significant and wide-ranging" deficiencies in patient care at PSH, specifically with respect to psychiatric and pharmaceutical services, medical care, protection from harm, use of restraints, seclusion, and medications.The DOJ filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California the same day as its advisement. The case was assigned Magistrate Judge Charles F. Eick.

On August 17, 2006, PSH was added to a May 15, 2006 Stipulation for Consent Judgment and Agreement between the DOJ and the State of California. The May consent judgment initially named only the Napa State Hospital. The Atascadero State Hospital and the Metropolitan State Hospital were added later to the consent judgment. Each hospital was added to the consent decree on a single District Court docket, 2:06-cv-02667.

The consent judgment detailed minimally-acceptable remedial measures under an "enhancement plan" negotiated by the state and the DOJ. The enhancement plan required the hospitals to provide therapeutic services for patients consistent with generally accepted professional standards of care, implement regular rehabilitation programs, track program progress, tailor medication to individual patient needs, and undertake additional reforms. The court appointed a monitor to assess the hospitals' compliance with the consent judgment, and required remedial action within 12 months. The court's jurisdiction over the consent judgment was set to terminate in November 2011.

On November 14, 2011, the DOJ stipulated that PSH had substantially complied with the consent judgment, and asked the court not to extend its jurisdiction over PSH. The DOJ asked the court to extend its jurisdiction regarding to other remaining hospitals subject to the consent judgment. On November 16, 2011, the court removed PSH from its supervision.

After PSH was removed for the consent judgment, the case remained open with respect to other facilities. The court continued supervising the remaining defendants until October 3, 2013, when the court dissolved the consent agreement and closed the case pursuant to its finding that the defendants had fully complied with the terms of the consent agreement.

Mike Fagan - 05/22/2008
Andrew Junker - 11/12/2014
Nathaniel Flack - 10/18/2018

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Content of Injunction
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Required disclosure
Integrated setting
Assault/abuse by staff
Classification / placement
Conditions of confinement
Failure to supervise
Incident/accident reporting & investigations
Placement in mental health facilities
Reassessment and care planning
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
Mental Disability
Intellectual/developmental disability, unspecified
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Type of Facility
Causes of Action Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 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
Filed Pro Se 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
Filing Year 2006
Case Closing Year 2016
Case Ongoing No
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.)
Additional Resources
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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)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

2:06-cv-2667 (C.D. Cal.)
MH-CA-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/28/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Re: Patton State Hospital, Patton, California
MH-CA-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/02/2006
(Amended) Consent Judgment [ECF# 9]
MH-CA-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/27/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Eick, Charles F. (C.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
Schiavelli, George P. (C.D. Cal.)
MH-CA-0005-0002 | MH-CA-0005-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bohan, Mary (District of Columbia)
Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
Cuncannan, Jacqueline (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0005-0002 | MH-CA-0005-9000
Daniels, Howard F. (California)
MH-CA-0005-0002 | MH-CA-0005-9000
Donnelly, Matthew J. (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0005-0002 | MH-CA-0005-9000
Jones, Terrence M (California)
Kim, Wan J. (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0005-0001 | MH-CA-0005-0002
Maddox, William G. (District of Columbia)
Plessman, Gary L. (California)
Seltman, Lee (District of Columbia)
Snyder, Anita C. (District of Columbia)
Tayloe, Benjamin O. (District of Columbia)
MH-CA-0005-0002 | MH-CA-0005-9000
Weidman, Leon W. (California)
Yang, Deborah W. (California)
MH-CA-0005-0002 | MH-CA-0005-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Angelopoulos, Tracey L. (California)
Burns, Janet E (California)
Furtek, Frank S. (California)
Kim, Jennifer M. (California)
Prince, George D. (California)
Rodriguez, Cynthia (California)

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