Home and Community-Based Living

Obama Administration announces new deinstitutionalization services

Thursday, April 14, 2011The Department of Health and Human Services announced new rules April 14 allowing states more flexibility when providing services for people with disabilities capable of living in their homes and communities, as opposed to institutions. “These long awaited rules will…

Obama announces expansion of community living options

Thursday, February 24, 2011Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released February 22 the guidelines for states looking to receive part of a $3.7 billion fund for assisting people with disabilities transition out of institutional settings and the expansion of a current program…

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…

Circuit court hears case regarding California disability services

Thursday, December 23, 2010The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit heard a case in June challenging a California plan to save $82 million from its massive budget deficit by sharply curtailing home-based services for more than 100,000 people with disabilities. The…

Lawsuit challenges Illinois age requirements

Thursday, December 23, 2010An Illinois man is challenging the age restrictions in an Illinois law that limits eligibility for a Medicaid program providing home and community based services to people under the age of 21. The individual, who aged out of the program…

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…

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…

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