Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities - With An Eye to the Past - 1970's - One Step Forward
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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.

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

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

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