United States District Court, D. Maine
ORDER ON ALL PENDING MOTIONS
GEORGE Z. SINGAL, District Judge.
1. Application To Proceed In Forma Pauperis
Before the Court are Plaintiff Alla Iosifovna Shuper's Applications to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (ECF Nos. 5, 12 & 17). The Court hereby GRANTS Plaintiff leave to proceed in forma pauperis in this action.
2. Motions For Reconsideration
Also before the Court are the Motion for Reconsideration (ECF No. 4) and the Motion to Amend the Motion for Reconsideration (ECF No. 6). Both of these Motions pertain to the Court's proceed in forma pauperis in each of her docketed cases. (See Order (ECF No. 2).) In light of the Court's decision to grant Plaintiff's request to proceed in forma pauperis, the Court finds both of these requests for reconsideration (ECF Nos. 4 & 6) MOOT. The Court notes that similar motions for reconsideration were filed in each of Plaintiff's then twenty-four cases.
3. Appeal To The Chief Judge
Plaintiff Shuper has also filed an Appeal to the Chief Judge (ECF No. 7). To the extent that Plaintiff Shuper is appealing the Court's November 18, 2014 Order to the Chief Judge, there is no such right to appeal to the Chief Judge, and it is therefore DENIED. As with the Motion for Reconsideration and the Motion to Amend the Motion for Reconsideration, pro se Plaintiff Shuper's Appeal to the Chief Judge was filed in each of her then twenty-four cases.
4. Change In Pro Se Filing Status
Plaintiff Shuper has also filed a Motion to Accept the Change in Pro Se Filing, thereby requesting that she be permitted to file documents manually rather than electronically (ECF No. 9). The Court GRANTS the Motion, which has also been filed in each of her cases.
5. Review Of The Complaint Under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)
Upon the Court's review of the Complaint, the Court concludes that the case must be dismissed in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2). Through the handwritten Complaint, Plaintiff Shuper attempts to bring a case against Tri-County Mental Health Services, Broadway Crossing and Southern Medical Center MMC. The Complaint alleges that Plaintiff Shuper was admitted to the Tri County Mental Health Services Crisis Stabilization Unit early in the week of November 10, 2014, and on the third day of her stay, the staff stopped helping her. (Compl. (ECF No. 1) ¶¶ 1, 3.) The Complaint alleges that the policies, rules and pieces of paper on the wall are confusing to depressed patients. (Id. ¶ 4.) Pages four through ten of the Complaint are handwritten notes on a Tri-County Mental Health Services Consumer Grievance Reporting Form. (See id. at Page ID # 4-10.) The allegations contained on the Grievance Reporting form state that: Plaintiff Shuper was prevented from being connected with her psychiatrist; wrong buttons were pressed on a phone; her personal belongings were not returned; the arrangement of lockers was confusing; an employee pointed a finger at Plaintiff Shuper and used a "command" tone of voice; and, Plaintiff Shuper was prevented from using the phone. (Id. at Page ID # 4-5.) The Complaint further alleges that the policies of and protocols of Tri-County Mental Health Services, Sweetser, and Broadway Crossing are designed to "kick out" inconvenient patients, which is what happened to Plaintiff Shuper at Tri-County Mental Health Services. (Id. ¶ 5.)
For relief, the Complaint requests $100, 000 and health insurance for the residents of the United States. (Id. at Remedies.) The Complaint also requests that certain employees of Tri-County Mental Health Services be fired or lose their licenses. (Id. at Page ID # 4-5.) The Complaint does not indicate any legal theory or statute under which Plaintiff Shuper may be asserting her claims.
Liberally construing the Complaint, the Court cannot see any claim against the named Defendants. First, to the extent that Plaintiff Shuper asserts a claim for violations of 42 U.S.C. § 1983, in order to be held liable under § 1983, a defendant must be a state actor. Estades-Negroni v. CPC Hosp. San Juan Capestrano, 412 F.3d 1, 4 (1st Cir. 2005) (stating that "a plaintiff claiming a § 1983 violation must allege that a person or persons acting under color of state law deprived him of a federal constitutional or statutory right.... If the plaintiff fails to allege facts sufficient to establish... that the defendant or defendants acted under color of state law, then the § 1983 claim is subject to dismissal. (internal citations omitted).) Plaintiff Shuper does not allege that any of the Defendants are state actors nor do the facts support such a finding. See id. at 4-9 (finding that a private hospital, private healthcare services provider and private physicians were not state actors and could not be held liable under section 1983). Therefore, the Complaint does not state a claim under § 1983.
The Complaint also fails to state a claim for a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"). "As an initial step in making out any ADA claim, the Plaintiff must establish that [s]he is a person with a disability.'" Bailey v. Georgia-Pac. Corp., 176 F.Supp.2d 3, 7 (D. Me. 2001) aff'd on other grounds, 306 F.3d 1162 (1st Cir. 2002). The Complaint does not allege that Plaintiff Shuper is disabled or that any actions were taken on the basis of that disability. Even assuming that Plaintiff sufficiently alleged that she was disabled, the Complaint would still fail to state a claim under the ADA. Title II of the ADA applies to public entities alone. See 42 U.S.C. § 12132. A "public entity" is a "department, agency, special purpose district, or ...