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Christopher R. v. Comm’r. of Mental Retardation

April 4, 2006

Connecticut Supreme Court 277 Conn. 594 (2006) April 4, 2006   The Connecticut Supreme Court weighed in on the issue of what criteria are necessary for determining eligibility for services with the state Department of Mental Retardation (“DMR”). In an interesting decision that advocates for the intellectually disabled will surely decry, the Court rendered a […]


In re Devon B.

July 1, 2003

Connecticut Supreme Court 264 Conn. 572 (2003) July 1, 2003   In re Devon B., the Connecticut Supreme Court held that where a cognitively limited parent is a client of the Department of Mental Retardation (DMR), this agency is a necessary party in a child protection proceeding involving the client’s child. The State Department of […]


W.R. et al. v. Conn. Dept. Of Children and Families

March 4, 2003

Federal District Court, District of Connecticut ___ F. Supp. 3d ___, 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5128 (D. Conn. 2003) March 24, 2003   In this important civil and disability rights class action filed on behalf of children in state care and custody, a federal district judge denied the bulk of the state’s motion to dismiss, […]


In re Steven M.

February 26, 2002

CT Appellate Division 68 Conn. App. 427 (2002) Feb 26, 2002   See In re Steven M.: 264 Conn. 747 (2003) for a summary of the appeal of this case in the Connecticut Supreme Court. In an important decision limiting the Department of Children and Families’ (“Department”) inherent power to unilaterally transfer a mentally disabled juvenile delinquent […]


In re Steven M.


CT Appellate Division 68 Conn. App. 427 (2002) Feb 26, 2002   See In re Steven M.: 264 Conn. 747 (2003) for a summary of the appeal of this case in the Connecticut Supreme Court. In an important decision limiting the Department of Children and Families’ (“Department”) inherent power to unilaterally transfer a mentally disabled […]


Phoebe v. Solnit

November 8, 2000

Supreme Court 252 Conn. 68 (1999) 2000   The court held that—in the absence of a Probate Court finding that the plaintiff was incapable of exercising her rights—her status as a conserved person did not affect her authority to assert a claim under the patients’ bill of rights; the court explained that the patient’s statutory […]


Olmstead v. L.C.

June 22, 1999

US Supreme Court 119 S.Ct. 2176 (1999) Jun 22 1999   The Supreme Court held that, under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, states are required to place persons with mental disabilities in community settings rather than institutions when the state’s treatment professionals have determined that community placement is appropriate, the transfer to […]


In re Caresse B.

November 8, 1997

CT Superior Court 1997 44 Conn. Sup. 468 (1997) (Foley, J.)   Denial of motion to disclose confidential treatment records.


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