In 2008, the Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (OMHDD) released a public report entitled "Just Plain Wrong" (PDF). In the report the OMHDD detailed the excessive use of restraints and law enforcement style devices at the Minnesota Extended Treatment Program.
In 2009 a Federal Class Action lawsuit was filed on behalf of clients who had been subjected to seclusion or restraint. Attached is information for former residents of METO, their guardians or interested person, on how to file a claim (PDF).
Letter to Resident, Guardian, Contact (METO) (PDF) - August 2011
METO Full Settlement Agreement (PDF) - June 2011
Minnesota Department of Human Services is providing early intervention and diversion process for persons with a developmental disability who are committed as mentally ill and dangerous to St. Peter Security Hospital. http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/dhs16_169881
Minnesota Department of Human Services is providing a discharge planning process for persons with a developmental disability from St. Peter Security Hospital. http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/dhs16_169880
Governor Mark Dayton has issued an executive order (PDF) establishing a sub-cabinet to develop and implement a comprehensive plan supporting freedom of choice and opportunity for people with disabiltiies. The Ombudsman for OMHDD is Ex-Officio Member of the Governor's Olmstead Plan Sub-Cabinet (PDF).