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Missouri services restrictions challenged

Thursday, December 23, 2010Four Missouri residents with disabilities are at risk of institutionalization because they have “aged out” of a state program providing home-based services. As a result, the individuals, whose disabilities include cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and liver disease, would have had…

Federal judge rejects New York’s deinstitutionalization plan

Thursday, December 23, 2010A March 2010 decision in a New York court ordering the transfer of 4,300 people with disabilities from large institutional adult homes to smaller supported housing units is under appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.…

Disability rights group stands up for individuals at risk of losing essential services

Thursday, December 23, 2010Disability Rights North Carolina filed a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina in February 2010 on behalf of two individuals with developmental disabilities who risk institutionalization if proposed cuts to home-based services are implemented. The two plaintiffs, both of…

DOJ looking into Utah’s system for providing home care

Thursday, December 23, 2010The Department of Justice recently confirmed it is investigating Utah’s system for providing home and community based medical services, as well as a policy requiring individuals with disabilities to spend 90 days in a nursing home prior to receiving these…

California Protection and Advocacy takes on Sacramento plan for people with disabilities

Thursday, December 23, 2010DisAbility Rights California filed a class action lawsuit against Sacramento County in May, protesting a plan to chop programs that provide services to an estimated 5,000 people with mental illnesses. The county’s plan, originally planned to go into effect July…

State meeting funding obligations for special education, Court says

Wednesday, December 22, 2010The Washington State Supreme Court affirmed a lower court ruling in an 8-1 decision Dec. 9 that the state is meeting its constitutional obligations in regards to its funding of special education programs. The School District’s Alliance for Adequate Funding…

TBI Council pushes new bill in Washington’s capitol

Thursday, December 16, 2010The state Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council testified in front of the House Human Services Committee in Olympia on December 10, regarding the council’s efforts to provide resources and support for the tens of thousands of Washington State…

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