Case: U.S. v. Maryland

1:85-00227 | U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Filed Date: Jan. 17, 1985

Closed Date: 1992

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Case Summary

On November 7, 1980, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) initiated an investigation into the conditions at the Rosewood Center in Owings Mill, Maryland, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1997, the Civil Rights for Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA). On February 19, 1982, after the investigation, the DOJ issued a findings letter detailing the conditions that they believed to be unconstitutional. They found inadequacies in the areas of programming, staffing, abuse and neglect, environmental conditions…

On November 7, 1980, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) initiated an investigation into the conditions at the Rosewood Center in Owings Mill, Maryland, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1997, the Civil Rights for Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA). On February 19, 1982, after the investigation, the DOJ issued a findings letter detailing the conditions that they believed to be unconstitutional. They found inadequacies in the areas of programming, staffing, abuse and neglect, environmental conditions, and resident placement.

On January 17, 1985, the DOJ filed a lawsuit over the aforementioned unconstitutional conditions under CRIPA against the state of Maryland in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. At the same time, they presented the court with a consent decree agreed upon by the parties to the lawsuit, and the court adopted it as the court's order in the case. The consent decree provided for changes in the areas of medical care, training and basic self-care skills for residents, staffing, record keeping, behavior management, restraints, personal safety of residents, and classification and placement procedures.

On June 4, 1986, the court approved a stipulated modification of the consent decree. The modification provided for reorganization of the management structure at the Rosewood Center, as well as new training programs.

According to a spreadsheet on CRIPA matters shared by the DOJ, the matter finally closed on Nov. 18, 1992.

Summary Authors

Kristen Sagar (8/8/2006)

People


Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Dinkins, Carol E. (District of Columbia)

Frohboese, Robinsue (District of Columbia)

Goldberg, Lawrence (District of Columbia)

King, Loretta (District of Columbia)

Motz, J. Frederick (Maryland)

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

Reynolds, William Bradford (District of Columbia)

Schoen, Benjamin P. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Callegary, Ellen A. (Maryland)

McCurdy, Joseph P. Jr. (Maryland)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Dinkins, Carol E. (District of Columbia)

Frohboese, Robinsue (District of Columbia)

Goldberg, Lawrence (District of Columbia)

King, Loretta (District of Columbia)

Motz, J. Frederick (Maryland)

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

Reynolds, William Bradford (District of Columbia)

Schoen, Benjamin P. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Callegary, Ellen A. (Maryland)

McCurdy, Joseph P. Jr. (Maryland)

Sachs, Stephen H. (Maryland)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:85-00227

Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of Rosewood Center, Owings Mills, Maryland

No Court

Feb. 19, 1982

Feb. 19, 1982

Findings Letter/Report

1:85-00227

Consent Decree

Jan. 17, 1985

Jan. 17, 1985

Order/Opinion

1:85-00227

Settlement Agreement Between the United States of America and the State of Maryland Regarding the Rosewood Center, Owings Mills, Maryland

Jan. 17, 1985

Jan. 17, 1985

Settlement Agreement

1:85-00227

Settlement Agreement

Jan. 17, 1985

Jan. 17, 1985

Settlement Agreement

1:85-00227

Complaint

Jan. 17, 1985

Jan. 17, 1985

Complaint

1:85-00227

Stipulation

June 4, 1986

June 4, 1986

Pleading / Motion / Brief

Docket

Last updated Sept. 6, 2022, 3:10 a.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: Maryland

Case Type(s):

Intellectual Disability (Facility)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Jan. 17, 1985

Closing Date: 1992

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

State of Maryland (Owings Mills), State

Rosewood Center (Owings Mills), State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Availably Documents:

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: 1985 - 1992

Issues

General:

Assault/abuse by staff

Classification / placement

Habilitation (training/treatment)

Neglect by staff

Record-keeping

Restraints : physical

Sanitation / living conditions

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Mental Disability:

Intellectual/developmental disability, unspecified

Medical/Mental Health:

Intellectual disability/mental illness dual diagnosis

Medical care, unspecified

Type of Facility:

Government-run