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On March 12, 2014, U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank issued a court order adopting and approving the Comprehensive Plan of Action for the Jensen Settlement Agreement. The agreement was the result of a lawsuit filed against DHS in 2009 alleging that residents of the former Minnesota Extended Treatment Options (METO) program were unlawfully and unconstitutionally secluded and restrained. The Comprehensive Plan of Action outlines the path that the department will take to come into compliance with the terms of the agreement.
The department is actively working to implement the plan and other mandates of the federal court, including departmentwide training on the agreement and plan.
The Jensen Settlement Agreement, approved Dec. 5, 2011, allowed the department and the plaintifs to resolve the claims in a mutually agreeable manner.
More information is on the Jensen Settlement page on DHS' website.