Case: U.S. v. California

3:90-cv-02641 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Filed Date: Sept. 13, 1990

Closed Date: 1995

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Case Summary

On January 23, 1985, four patients at the Napa State Hospital (NSH) in Napa Valley, California filed a lawsuit against the hospital and the Department of Mental Health for the State of California (DMH) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging that their constitutional rights had been violated by conditions at the hospital. This lawsuit drew the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice, who initiated an investigation into the conditions at the hospital on …

On January 23, 1985, four patients at the Napa State Hospital (NSH) in Napa Valley, California filed a lawsuit against the hospital and the Department of Mental Health for the State of California (DMH) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging that their constitutional rights had been violated by conditions at the hospital. This lawsuit drew the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice, who initiated an investigation into the conditions at the hospital on June 25, 1985, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1997, the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA).

On September, 13, 1990, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the State of California in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The DOJ alleged that the defendants had violated the constitutional rights of NSH patients by failing to provide adequate medical and psychiatric care, inadequate staffing levels and staff training, inadequate status review for patients, inadequate record-keeping, inadequate procedures for administration of medicine, and misuse of bodily restraints.

On September 17, 1990, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Judge Eugene F. Lynch) issued a consent decree in the case. We have no information on the content of this decree. On June 2, 1995, the defendants asked the court to find them compliant with the court's orders and terminate the consent decree. The plaintiffs did not object to this motion, and on June 8, 1995, the court (Judge Lynch) terminated the decree and dismissed the case with prejudice.

Summary Authors

Kristen Sagar (7/18/2006)

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People


Judge(s)

Lynch, Eugene F. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Deutsch, David (District of Columbia)

Dunne, John R. (District of Columbia)

McGivern, William T. (California)

Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Reynolds, William Bradford (District of Columbia)

Schoen, Benjamin P. (District of Columbia)

Stern, Robert H. (District of Columbia)

Stutman, Edward A. (Pennsylvania)

Thornburgh, Dick (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Lynch, Eugene F. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Deutsch, David (District of Columbia)

Dunne, John R. (District of Columbia)

McGivern, William T. (California)

Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Reynolds, William Bradford (District of Columbia)

Schoen, Benjamin P. (District of Columbia)

Stern, Robert H. (District of Columbia)

Stutman, Edward A. (Pennsylvania)

Thornburgh, Dick (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Corcoran, Maureen (District of Columbia)

Dunst, Isabel (District of Columbia)

Johnson, Ralph M. (California)

Lundgren, Daniel E. (California)

Lungren, Daniel E. (California)

Van de Kamp, John K. (California)

Wald, Stephanie (California)

Yamaguchi, Michael J. (California)

Other Attorney(s)

Spelke, Robert A. (District of Columbia)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Whetstone, Charles W. (South Carolina)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

June 6, 1995 Docket

Memorandum re: Napa State Hospital Proposed S. 10 Investigation

No Court

June 25, 1985 Justification Memo

Findings letter re: Investigation of Napa State Hospital, Imola, California

No Court

July 17, 1985 Findings Letter/Report
1

Complaint (Civil Rights)

Sept. 13, 1990 Complaint
4

Consent Decree

United States of America v. State of California

Sept. 17, 1990 Order/Opinion
31

Statement of Non-Opposition

June 2, 1995 Pleading / Motion / Brief
30

Memorandum in Support of Motion to Terminate Consent Decree

June 2, 1995 Pleading / Motion / Brief
29

Motion to Terminate Consent Decree

June 2, 1995 Pleading / Motion / Brief
33

Order of Dismissal

June 8, 1995 Order/Opinion

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: California

Case Type(s):

Intellectual Disability (Facility)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 13, 1990

Closing Date: 1995

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United States Department of Justice

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Napa State Hospital (Imola), State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 1990 - 1995

Issues

General:

Record-keeping

Restraints : physical

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Mental Disability:

Intellectual/developmental disability, unspecified

Medical/Mental Health:

Medical care, general

Medication, administration of

Mental health care, general

Type of Facility:

Government-run