The METO Lawsuit and Jensen Settlement Agreement
Interviews about the METO Lawsuit and Jensen Settlement Agreement were conducted with Shamus O'Meara, Counsel for the Plaintiff; Steve Larson, The Arc Minnesota; Pamela Hoopes, Minnesota Disability Law Center; Roberta Opheim, Ombudsman Office for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities; and Self Advocates.
Shamus O'Meara, Counsel for the Plaintiffs
At the December 1, 2011 Fairness Hearing before United States District Court Judge Donovan Frank, the METO Settlement Agreement was accepted. Judge Frank issued the official Order on December 5, 2011. In this first videotaped interview with Shamus O'Meara, counsel for the Plaintiffs in the METO class action lawsuit, he talks about his decision to take the case, the legal issues involved, and some of the critical aspects of the Settlement Agreement, including the focus on staff training around person centered planning, and the establishment of both an Olmstead Committee and Rule 40 Committee.
Following the Fairness Hearing, Shamus O'Meara was interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). A related article was featured on MPR's "All Things Considered" on December 1, 2011.
In addition, blogger Bob Collins wrote an article for MPR's "news cut" on December 2, 2011.
Another article appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on December 2, 2011.
Decision to Take the Case
What is a Settlement Agreement?
What Does the Settlement Agreement Cover?
Person Centered Planning
Steve Larson, The Arc Minnesota
Pamela Hoopes, Minnesota Disability Law Center
MDLC Investigation at METO
Person Centered Planning
Procedures For Use of Restraints
Community Based Staff Training
Monitoring Access to Agencies
Where to Go with Questions and Concerns?
Roberta Opheim, Ombudsman Office for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Documents Related to the METO Lawsuit and Jensen Settlement Agreement
On June 23, 2011, United States District Court Judge Donovan Frank signed an Order granting preliminary approval of a $3 million Class Action Settlement in the METO lawsuit.
In response to issues raised by the Social Security Administration regarding Settlement Funds apportioned to Class Members and their affect on Social Security benefits and eligibility for benefits, Judge Donovan Frank, United States District Court, District of Minnesota, issued this Order on April 23, 2012.
On September 14-15, 2012, the Ombudsman Office for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities conducted an unannounced visit to MHSH-Cambridge (formerly METO). This report includes their observations, progress made, and overall findings, and is a followup to their 2008 report, Just Plain Wrong.
On June 11, 2013, the Court Monitor filed this Status Report on Compliance regarding the Jensen Settlement Agreement with the Federal District Court, District of Minnesota.
Signed by Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, Minnesota Department of Human Services, on July 29, 2013, this Statement includes the principles intended to be adopted by all programs and services licensed or certified by the Department.