Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania

Lawsuit accuses Pennsylvania of fostering unnecessary institutionalization

Thursday, February 4, 2016The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania filed a class-action lawsuit [PDF] against the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on January 19, accusing the state of failing to adequately provide community-based health care and housing services, forcing people with disabilities into…

Disability Vote

Wednesday, August 12, 2015Rooted in Rights new original video, Disability Vote, informs voters with disabilities of their rights, and encourages people with disabilities to vote. On this page you'll find links and resources for voters with disabilities, and state-specific voting information in the partnering states. It's time for people with disabilities to be fully included in the democratic process, and we need your help to disseminate the message. Please share this new video.

Pennsylvania to phase out solitary confinement for prisoners with mental illness

Monday, January 12, 2015
News from Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and a coalition of disability advocates announced a settlement January 6, requiring the state to improve conditions for prisoners with mental illness in its 26 state correctional institutions. The settlement stems from…

DOJ release scathing report of Pennsylvania prisons

Wednesday, June 5, 2013The U.S. Department of Justice released the results of an extensive investigation into the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Cresson on May 31, finding that the prison “routinely resorts to locking prisoners with serious mental illness in their cells for…

Lawsuit challenges “horrific conditions” at Pennsylvania prisons

Sunday, March 17, 2013For more than 23 hours per day, more than 800 people with mental illnesses are caged in the Pennsylvania Department of Correction’s Restricted Housing Units. The windowless rooms where they live average about 80 square feet, lack heating and cooling…

Pennsylvania ends use of the R-word

Tuesday, December 20, 2011Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett signed a bill into law December 19 ending the use of the word “retardation” in state statutes. The bill, called the “Words do Matter” bill, passed the state House and Senate unanimously. “Many individuals in the…

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…