Community Integration

A chance to be independent again

Monday, July 25, 2011
“A home means to me where you are not in prison.”
National Public Radio recently profiled an 88-year-old woman who was recently freed to live on her own after living, against her wishes, in a nursing home for six years.…

RHC bill moves Washington forward but falls short

Monday, July 11, 2011
News from Washington (state)
Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill May 25 eliminating one of Washington State’s five residential habilitation centers – its institutions for people with developmental disabilities — and laying out plans to close another. “This legislation was…

Closure plan for institution under fire

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
New Jersey
A plan by Gov. Chris Christie to close a New Jersey institution that houses 350 women with disabilities is meeting stiff resistance. Under the plan, residents of the Vineland Developmental Center would be transferred to community based housing…

Suit alleges wrongful Medicaid denials

Thursday, April 21, 2011The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania filed a class action lawsuit April 18 challenging the state’s handling of its Medicaid home and community-based waiver program for ensuring people with disabilities can live outside of institutions. The complaint, on behalf…

Lawsuit filed challenging Florida’s waiting list

Thursday, March 31, 2011Disability Rights Florida filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Florida on March 23 on behalf of 19,000 people with developmental disabilities awaiting services from the state’s Developmental Disabilities Medicaid Waiver Services program, some for more than half…

Alabama closes its last institution

Wednesday, March 9, 2011Alabama became the first state in the south to close all its state institutions for people with intellectual disabilities, joining 10 other states nationwide. The Alabama Department of Mental Health announced the closing of the W.D. Partlow Developmental Center in…

Judge halts South Carolina home care cuts

Wednesday, March 9, 2011A South Carolina judge granted a preliminary injunction March 7 against recent Medicaid benefit cuts that could lead to cases of unnecessary institutionalization. In January 2010, South Carolina adopted a measure capping at 28 the maximum number of hours per…

Settlement filed in Illinois Olmstead case

Monday, February 14, 2011A five and a half year legal battle regarding Illinois’ system for transferring people with disabilities from institutional to community settings may be coming to a climax. On January 11, Equip for Equality announced a settlement with state officials, filed…

Federal affordable housing program expanded

Thursday, January 6, 2011President Barack Obama signed into law Jan. 4 two bills that aim to expand housing opportunities for low-income people with disabilities. Each year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development builds 800 to 1,000 housing units nationwide for low-income individuals…

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