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Care standards for people with developmental disabilities reached a critical juncture on August 30, 1972. On that day, Richard Welsch filed a complaint with federal courts criticizing the physical condition, care, treatment and training residents received at Minnesota's regional treatment centers.

Welsch, whose daughter had lived at Cambridge State Hospital since she was seven years old, alleged that conditions at the facility and the treatment provided did not meet constitutional standards of due process. Attorney Neil Mickenberg led the class action suit.

Eleanor Welsch

Video: Eleanor Welsch, mother of Patty Welsch,whose parents filed the landmark federal suit over lack of are at Cambridge State Hospital.

Part 1: The Beginning of the Welsch Case from a Mother’s Viewpoint

Part 2: The Cambridge Experience

Part 3: Group Homes are a “Godsend”

Complaint Filed
A lawsuit filed by Richard Welsch criticized resident care at Minnesota institutions.