Minnesota Public Radio recently reported that attorney Shamus O’Meara of Johnson & Condon has successfully settled a class action suit with the state of Minnesota on behalf of his clients, 300 adults with developmental disabilities who used to reside in a treatment facility in Cambridge, Minn., where they were treated inhumanely.
O’Meara, who has been an advocate for the disabled for many years, didn’t just focus on securing money for his clients. The settlement also includes new requirements for how staff at similar facilities must treat residents.
“It’s not really about the money,” O’Meara says. “It’s about the change that we’re affecting. The Department of Human Services, we think, recognizes that. We’re building into the settlement agreement positive behavioral techniques and reinforcement so that we can avoid the use of handcuffs and leg irons. So that we can treat people with respect.”
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