Case: DOJ CRIPA Investigation of Broadview, Cleveland, and Warrensville Developmental Centers

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Filed Date: April 1, 1986

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Case Summary

On April 1, 1986, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) commenced an investigation Broadview, Cleveland, and Warrensville Developmental Centers in Ohio, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. §1997. The investigation included tours of each facility by DOJ hired consultations who specialized in the administration of medical care to institutionalized individuals with intellectual disabilities. The DOC also reviewed and analyzed numerous documen…

On April 1, 1986, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) commenced an investigation Broadview, Cleveland, and Warrensville Developmental Centers in Ohio, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. §1997. The investigation included tours of each facility by DOJ hired consultations who specialized in the administration of medical care to institutionalized individuals with intellectual disabilities. The DOC also reviewed and analyzed numerous documents, including policies and procedures in effect at each institution.

Following the investigation, the DOJ issued its findings letter in November 1987, which detailed deficiencies it found at the Broadview, Cleveland, and Warrensville Developmental Centers. The DOJ noted that each facility failed to provide professionally designed training programs in ensure resident safety and overused psychotropic medication to control the behavior of residents. The DOJ also found certain inadequacies in the delivery of medical care.

As each facility was in the process of implementing planned improvements to eliminate the reported violations, the DOJ advised that it would contact the Ohio Office of the Attorney General to retour the facilities in the future to assess progress.

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Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (3/14/2007)

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People


Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Reynolds, William Bradford (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Reynolds, William Bradford (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Findings Letter re: Broadview, Cleveland, and Warrensville Developmental Center

Nov. 20, 1987

Nov. 20, 1987

Findings Letter/Report

Resources

Docket

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Case Details

State / Territory: Ohio

Case Type(s):

Intellectual Disability (Facility)

Special Collection(s):

Civil Rights Division Archival Collection

Key Dates

Filing Date: April 1, 1986

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United States Department of Justice

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Warrensville Developmental Centers, State

Broadview Developmental Center, State

Cleveland Developmental Center (Cleveland), State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Special Case Type(s):

Out-of-court

Availably Documents:

None of the above

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Unknown

Source of Relief:

Unknown

Issues

General:

Aggressive behavior

Assault/abuse by staff

Incident/accident reporting & investigations

Informed consent/involuntary medication

Record-keeping

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Medical/Mental Health:

Medication, administration of

Type of Facility:

Government-run