*March 3, 1985 -- The D.C. Public Defender Service files suit against top officials of the Youth Services Administration and the Department of Human Services claiming poor treatment and conditions in D.C. youth facilities.
*March 7 -- The District announces it is closing Cedar Knoll, one of the youth facilities named in the lawsuit. The population dwindles to 30, but new court commitments quickly boost the population and Cedar Knoll remains open.
*Sept. 10 -- Hearing is held before the U.S. House District Committee on the city's violations of a federal law requiring education for emotionally and mentally handicapped children. Youth Services' contracts with consultants are questioned.
*September -- Rep. Stewart B. McKinney (R-Conn.), ranking minority member of the House District Committee, asks the General Accounting Office to continue investigating Youth Services' contracts. The FBI and U.S. attorney's office open their investigations.
*September-October -- The Washington Post details serious problems with drugs and discipline at Oak Hill, the city's youth facility in Laurel.
*April 1986 -- Federal grand jury convenes to hear testimony on overtime abuses at Youth Services.
*April-May -- Sixteen D.C. employes, including top officials of the Department of Human Services, are subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury.
*May -- The Post reports that Youth Services spent $6 million in overtime during the past three years; federal investigators are examining $14.9 million spent on outside contractors in 1984-85, and eight attempted suicides have been reported at the D.C. Receiving Home for Children since January.
*May 30 -- Patricia Quann, director of Youth Services, is asked to resign and does. Mayor Marion Barry requests outside audit of all Youth Services overtime and appoints Robert Malson acting director.