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Bazelon Center
The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Bazelon Center envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 HHS-OCR Complaint of Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program Against Alabama Department of Public Health
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 03/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
Alabama Department of Public Health
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
DR-AL-0002
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a complaint, dated March 24, 2020, made to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (HHS OCR); it alleges that Alabama's particular protocols for rationing ventilator access in the event of over-demand bars access to ventilators to people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities, in ... [view]
2 HHS-OCR Complaint of Disability Rights Washington Against Washington State Department of Health
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 03/23/2020 - Case Ongoing
Washington State Department of Health
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
DR-WA-0003
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a complaint made March 23, 2020 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights; it alleges that the state of Washington's particular protocols for rationing ventilator access in the event of over-demand puts people with disabilities lower on the access list than people without, in violation of ... [view]
3 M.J. v. District of Columbia
1:18-cv-01901-EGS (D.D.C.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
DR-DC-0007
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On August 14, 2018, two children with mental health disabilities and University Legal Services, Inc. filed this lawsuit on behalf of themselves and a class of children with mental health disabilities in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs sued the District of Columbia under:
  • The Americans with
... [view]
4 A.W. v. South Carolina Department of Mental Health
2:17-cv-01346 (D.S.C.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
South Carolina Department of Mental Health
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-SC-0006
Coding Complete
On May 24, 2017, six patients of South Carolina’s G. Werber Bryan Psychiatric Hospital (Bryan Hospital), along with a non-profit corporation that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities - Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities Inc - filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of South ... [view]
5 Doe v. Pasadena Unified School District
2:16-cv-00984-BRO-GJS (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
Pasadena Unified School District
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
ED-CA-0025
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
On February 11, 2016, six students with behavior-related disabilities residing in Pasadena brought this class action lawsuit in the United States for the Central District of California, Western Division. The plaintiffs, though their guardians, sued the Pasadena Unified School District for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act ... [view]
6 S.S. v. Springfield
3:14-cv-30116 (D. Mass.)
Filed 2014 - Case Ongoing
Springfield, Massachusetts
City of Springfield; School Board
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
ED-MA-0004
Hampden County
Coding Complete
On June 27, 2014, the plaintiffs, a mentally disabled student and his mother, joined by the Parent/Professional Advocacy League, filed this class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs brought suit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) against the City of Springfield, the ... [view]
7 United States v. North Carolina
5:12-cv-557 (E.D.N.C.)
Filed 2012 - Case Ongoing
State of North Carolina
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-NC-0002
Coding Complete
In 2010, the United States Department of Justice (Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section) began an investigation into the provision of services to individuals with mental illness in North Carolina. On July 28, 2011, the DOJ issued a letter of findings to the State Attorney General detailing violations of the ADA, Section 504, and the ... [view]
8 Lynn E. v. Lynch
1:12-CV-00053-SM (D.N.H.)
Filed 2012 - Case Ongoing
State of New Hampshire
Nursing Home Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-NH-0003
Coding Complete
On April 7, 2011, DOJ conducted an investigation of the New Hampshire Mental Health System pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The DOJ concluded that the State of New Hampshire failed to provide sufficient community services to qualified individuals with mental illness in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, ... [view]
9 United States v. Virginia
3:12-cv-059 (E.D. Va.)
Filed 2012 - Case Ongoing
Commonwealth of Virginia
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-VA-0003
Coding Complete
On February 10, 2011, the United States Department of Justice (Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section) released a letter of findings detailing the results of its investigation into the institutionalization of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Virginia. The investigation focused specifically on the Central ... [view]
10 G.P., I.S., and E.A. v. Montgomery Public Schools
11-59, 11-60, and 11-61 (No Court)
Filed 05/11/2011 - Closed 2012
Montgomery, Alabama Public Schools
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
ED-AL-0005
Montgomery County
Coding Complete
On May 31, 2011, three students attending Montgomery, Alabama public school filed complaints with the Alabama Department of Education, Special Education Division on behalf of themselves and other similarly situated students. The students alleged that Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) denied petitioners and other students with emotional disturbance a ... [view]
11 Troupe v. Barbour
3:10-cv-00153-HTW-LRA (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 2010 - Closed 2017
Mississippi Department of Mental Health
Child Welfare
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
CW-MS-0002
Coding Complete
On March 30th, 2010, four Medicaid-eligible children of Mississippi with behavioral or emotional disorders filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, under the Medicaid Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1396d et seq., the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation ... [view]
12 U.S. v. Georgia
1:10-cv-00249-CAP (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 2010 - Case Ongoing
State of Georgia
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-GA-0004
Coding Complete
On May 30, 2008, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) conducted a CRIPA investigation of the Georgia Regional Hospital in Atlanta (GRHA) and recorded several statutory violations. Specifically, the DOJ concluded that numerous conditions and practices at GRHA violated the constitutional and statutory rights of its residents. In particular, ... [view]
13 Bravo v. Board of County Commissioners for the County of Doña Ana
6:08-cv-00010-MV-LCS (D.N.M.)
Filed 2008 - Closed 2010
Board of County Commissioners
Board of County Commissioners
Jail Conditions
Policing
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-NM-0011
Doña Ana County
Coding Complete
On June 16, 2008, people with mental disabilities who had been arrested and detained in the Doña Ana County Detention Center (“DACDC”) brought this class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. The plaintiffs sued the Board of County Commissioners for the County of Doña Ana, the DACDC, and law ... [view]
14 J.A. v. Barbour
3:07-CV-394DPJ-JCS (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 2007 - Closed 2010
State of Mississippi
Columbia Training School
Juvenile Institution
JI-MS-0005
Jackson
Coding Complete
On July 11, 2007, a group of teenage girls in the Columbia Training School, a state-run reform school in Mississippi, filed a class-action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 against the State of Mississippi in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. Mississippi Protection and Advocacy Inc., a congressionally authorized ... [view]
15 Chambers v. City and County of San Francisco
3:06-cv-06346-WHA (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2006 - Closed 2011
City and County of San Francisco
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CA-0014
San Francisco
Coding Complete
On October 11, 2006, individuals with disabilities in need of long-term care filed a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and California law in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Plaintiffs, represented by public interest and private counsel, claimed that Defendant ... [view]
16 State of Connecticut Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons With Disabilities v. Connecticut
3:06-cv-00179 (D. Conn.)
Filed 2006 - Case Ongoing
State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CT-0003
Hartford County
Coding Complete
On February 6, 2006 an independent state agency charged with advocating for disabled persons, along with several mentally disabled persons residing in nursing facilities, filed this lawsuit against the State of Connecticut, its Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, its Department of Public Health, and its Department of Social ... [view]
17 Sampson v. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
1:06-cv-10973-DPW (D. Mass.)
Filed 2006 - Closed 2011
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School
Mental Health (Facility)
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
DR-MA-0008
Suffolk County
Coding Complete
On June 8, 2006, an African American woman with psychiatric disabilities filed this complaint in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts against the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (“Beth Israel”) and two employees of the hospital (one whose claim was dropped on June 24, 2008). The plaintiff, represented by the Bazelon Center for Mental ... [view]
18 Disability Rights New Jersey v. Velez
3:05-cv-01784 (D.N.J.)
Filed 2005 - Closed 2017
New Jersey Department of Human Services
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-NJ-0003
Coding Complete
NOTE: This is one of three identically named cases in the Clearinghouse. For the 2005 case generally challenging the unnecessary institutionalization of individuals with disabilities in New Jersey, see PB-NJ-0007. For the case challenging the long waitlists for community-based ... [view]
19 Williams v. Quinn
1:05-cv-04673 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 2005 - Closed 2010
Governor of the State of Illinois
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-IL-0005
Coding Complete
On August 15, 2005, residents of an intermediate care facility (IMD) with mental illness filed a lawsuit under the Supreme Court's decision in Olmstead, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act against various Illinois state officials in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ... [view]
20 Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services v. Carnahan
2:04-cv-04248-ODS (W.D. Mo.)
Filed 2004 - Closed 2007
Board of Elections (St. Louis)
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
DR-MO-0001
St. Louis
Coding Complete
During 2003, a law professor residing in Illinois developed a mental illness. Due to this illness, a state court appointed the Office of State Guardian as guardian of his person and, in 2004, of his estate. He moved to Missouri, where a petition was soon filed to appoint a guardian for him. The guardianship in Illinois did not affect his ... [view]
21 K.J. v. N.J. Dep't of Youth and Family Services
04-3553 (D.N.J.)
Filed 2004 - Closed 2006
Division of Youth and Family Services
Child Welfare
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
CW-NJ-0003
Coding Complete
This action, filed on May 26, 2004 in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, was brought by three adopted children placed in an abusive and neglectful home by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). The plaintiffs were represented by private counsel and Children's Rights, Inc.; they sought compensatory and ... [view]
22 Jane Doe v. Hunter College
1:04-cv-06740-SHS-HBP (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2004 - Closed 2006
Hunter College of the City University of New York
Mental Health (Facility)
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
MH-NY-0011
Coding Complete
Plaintiff, a student at Hunter College of the City University of New York, referred to in this case as Jane Doe, brought this private lawsuit against the College on August 20, 2004. She also brought claims against the College's President, Jennifer Raab, and its Acting Vice President, Eija Ayravainen, in their individual capacities and their ... [view]
23 Disability Advocates Inc. (DAI) v. Pataki
1:03-cv-03209-NGG -MDG (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2003 - Case Ongoing
Governor of the State of New York
Mental Health (Facility)
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-NY-0013
Coding Complete
On June 30, 2003, Disability Advocates, Inc. (DAI) filed a lawsuit on behalf of New York residents in large "adult homes," privately owned but state-funded facilities for individuals with mental illness or other disabilities, and on behalf of all individuals at risk of being institutionalized in adult homes. Plaintiffs filed their suit against ... [view]
24 Jobe O. v. Spitzer
1:03-cv-08331-CM (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2003 - Closed 2008
State of New York
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-NY-0014
Coding Complete
On October 20, 2003, a lawsuit against various New York state officials was filed on behalf of individuals in New York City jails awaiting treatment for their serious chemical dependency and mental illnesses under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act. Plaintiff, represented by private counsel and legal aid, asked ... [view]
25 Katie A. v. Bonta
2:02-cv-5662 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 2002 - Closed 2019
Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County Dept of Children and Family Services
Child Welfare
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
CW-CA-0005
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed in the Central District of California on July 18, 2002, by the class of children and young adults who (a) are in the custody of Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services; (b) have a behavioral, emotional, or psychiatric impairment; and (c) need individualized mental health services. The suit is against ... [view]
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