Thomas-Cardona v. Gagne
The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits deliberate indifference to a serious mental health condition of an inmate. The plaintiff prisoner, Dylan Thomas-Cardona, is incarcerated at Northern Correctional Institution. The plaintiff inmate alleged that the defendant doctor prescribed medicine for the inmate's mental health that was not filled or re-filled promptly, and that blood work that was required in connection with psychotropic medicine allegedly was not performed. The plaintiff also alleged that prison officials placed the plaintiff in an "unsafe suicide cell." Allegedly, there was no response to the plaintiff's complaint to a prison health services administrator. The plaintiff filed a complaint, alleging that the defendants were deliberately indifferent to a serious medical condition. The plaintiff requested a transfer to a prison facility that will provide appropriate mental health treatment and that will authorize blood work when psychotropic medicine is prescribed. The District Court ordered the defendants to file an answer or a motion to dismiss the complaint within 70 days.