Ga., DOJ settle mental health case
Good News for the mental health community, this settlement with the Department of Justice opens up much needed support for building supported housing and making communities unite!
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Read the article below taken from the Atlanta Business Chronicle and let’s advocate for change!
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 4:17pm EDT – Last Modified: Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 4:20pm EDT
The U.S. Justice Department and Georgia reached a settlement Tuesday to a suit filed over the Peach State’s treatment of people in its mental health and developmental disability system.
The lawsuit alleged Georgia segregated people with mental illness and developmental disabilities in state psychiatric hospitals in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Olmstead v. L.C.
In 2007, DOJ found preventable deaths suicides, and assaults occurred with alarming frequency in the hospitals. In 2009, DOJ reached a settlement agreement with Georgia over conditions in the hospitals. Further investigation found the state also failed to serve people with mental illness and developmental disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, DOJ said.
In January 2010, DOJ filed a complaint under the Americans with Disabilities Act to protect people confined in the hospitals from continued segregation and from threats of harm to their lives, health, and safety. The agreement Tuesday resolves the ADA lawsuit.
Under the agreement, over the next five years, Georgia will increase its assertive community treatment, intensive case management, case management, supported housing, and supported employment programs to serve 9,000 people with mental illness in community settings; increase community crisis services to respond to and serve people in a mental health crisis without admission to a state hospital; create at least 1,000 Medicaid waivers to transition all people with developmental disabilities from the state hospitals to community settings; and increase crisis, respite, family, and housing support services to people with developmental disabilities in community settings. http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2010/10/19/ga-doj-settle-mental-health-case.html
Gov. Sonny Perdue noted the settlement avoids direct federal control of the state’s services for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness.