$1.6 Million Settlement for Mother of Mentally Ill Young Man, Deprived of Care, Who Committed Suicide in the Siskiyou County Jail

Matthew Anderson, 28, was high functioning with proper care and medication. But when he was arrested for acting out due to his mental illness, the Siskiyou County Jail failed to provide him with the psychiatric care he needed and could not provide for himself. Despite a court order finding him incompetent for trial and requiring Napa State Hospital to admit and treat him, Napa State Hospital blatantly ingored that order. The Siskiyou County Jail left him in the hands of an unlicensed worker and a physician whose license had been suspended for much of his career. Deliberately indifferent to Matthew's serious medical needs, the County and State allowed him to commit suicide in jail custody. To avoid a trial, Siskiyou County agreed to pay $1.2 Million, and the State of California paid $400K to Matthew's mother. Matthew is greatly missed by his family.

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    Skye Kincaid, MtShastaNews.com, June 6, 2012

    The family of a 29 year old man who committed suicide while an inmate at Siskiyou County Jail in 2009 will receive $1.6 million in a court settlement that should be finalized this week. Siskiyou County paid $1.2 million and the state paid $400,000 to settle the wrongful death case, which was brought by Matthew Anderson's mother, Mineko Swezey of Canyonville, Ore., according to her attorney Michael Haddad of Oakland. ... Haddad said, "Matthew Anderson's death at age 29 was easily preventable. If either the state or the county defendants had simply obeyed their constitutional duties, Matthew would still be alive today."