University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
Title "Lessons Learned from Georgia’s 2010 Olmstead Settlement: The Good, the Bad, and the Limitations of a Justice Department Olmstead Settlement"
Author Talley Wells
Author Institution Journal of Legal Medicine
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Abstract We were crushed.
It was Thursday, January 15, 2009, the day Captain Sully piloted his aircraft onto the Hudson River.1 It was five days before President George W.
Bush left office. And, it was the day the United States Justice Department
and Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue entered into a settlement over the
state’s mental health institutions.2
The Justice Department spent more than a year investigating incidents of
abuse and neglect in Georgia’s state-run psychiatric hospitals. Before the
settlement, all signs pointed to litigation. The hope was that litigation
would transform Georgia’s 19th-century mental health system of confinement and segregation into a 21st-century community-based system of independence and opportunity for people with significant mental health
Citation 40 J. Legal Med. 45 (2020).

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case L.C. v. Olmstead (PB-GA-0001)

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