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Appeals of the Welsch class action lawsuit continued throughout the mid-1970s. Testimony on both sides of the issue was graphic and intense.

In September 1980, more than six years after the initial opinion was filed, the Welsch consent decree was signed.

Key provisions of the consent decree required the total population of residents living in state institutions to be reduced to 1,850 within seven years.

Click here for a list of documents (Adobe Acrobat PDF format) related to developmental disabilities policy in the State of Minnesota from 1880s to the present time.

Examples of Testimony
Testimony in the Welsch class action suit was graphic and intense.