Community Integration

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…

Suit filed against Texas for extensive Olmstead violations

Thursday, December 23, 2010 Disability Rights Texas filed a class action lawsuit against Texas on December 20, alleging that potentially more than 4,500 people with disabilities are being unnecessarily institutionalized in the state’s nursing homes. The lawsuit describes Texas’ 13 state-owned facilities, which house…

Medicaid program caps questioned in Florida

Thursday, December 23, 2010Florida fails to provide community based services for Medicaid-eligible individuals with spinal cord injuries at risk of institutionalization, according to a lawsuit filed in August in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Under Florida law, the…

Woman sues for potential unnecessary institutionalization

Thursday, December 23, 2010A Medicaid-eligible woman with spinal cord injuries is challenging a Florida requirement that she enter a nursing home for 60 days before receiving community-based services. On June 9, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida granted a…

Justice Department sues Arkansas for lack of Olmstead enforcement

Thursday, December 23, 2010The Justice Department has filed two lawsuits against the state of Arkansas for its treatment and segregation of people with disabilities in institutions. In January 2009, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the Conway Human Development Center, which holds…

Class action lawsuit filed by DC disability services

Thursday, December 23, 2010University Legal Services filed a class action lawsuit against the District of Columbia Dec. 23 for failure to provide a mechanism for people with disabilities to transition from large nursing facilities to community-based homes. “(The district) provide few opportunities, if…

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…

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