Faces of Olmstead: The personal stories of a few of the thousands of people whose lives have been improved by the Olmstead decision and the Department’s Olmstead enforcement work. Read More
Steward et. al. v. Perry et. al.
5:10-CV-1025 (W.D. TX 2010)
On November 12, 2012, the United States filed a Supplemental Brief in Support of Plaintiffs' Amended Motion for Class Certification, arguing that the court should certify a class of individuals with developmental disabilities where the state has multiple policies that perpetuate unnecessary confinement in nursing facilities and deny those individuals the opportunity to receive services in the community.
Supplemental Brief in Support of Plaintiffs' Amended Motion for Class Certification (Word) | (PDF) - filed November 12, 2012
DOJ Findings Letter to Florida (September 2012) The United States issued a Findings Letter in September 2012 concluding that Florida is violating the ADA's integration mandate in its provision of services and supports to children with medically complex and medically fragile conditions. After a comprehensive investigation, the Department found that the State of Florida plans, structures, and administers a system of care that has led to the unnecessary institutionalization of children in nursing facilities and places children currently residing in the community at risk of unnecessary institutionalization. Read More
U.S. v. Virginia - 3:12CV059 (E.D. VA
On January 26, 2012, the Division filed in District Court a Complaint and a simultaneous Settlement Agreement resolving its ADA Olmstead investigation into whether persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Virginia are being served in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs.
After taking public comment and holding a fairness hearing, the Court approved the settlement agreement subject to certain modifications, which were agreed to by the Commonwealth and the United States. The Court entered the settlement agreement as a final order on August 23, 2012. Read More
U.S. v. North Carolina, No. 5:12-cv-557 (E.D.N.C.
On August 23, 2012, the United States entered a comprehensive, eight-year settlement agreement with the State of North Carolina resolving the Civil Rights Division’s ADA Olmstead investigation of the State’s mental health service system, which currently serves thousands of individuals with mental illness in large adult care homes. The Agreement will expand access to community-based supported housing – integrated housing that promotes inclusion and independence and enables individuals with mental illness to participate fully in community life. Read More
T.H. et al. v. Dudek et al., 0:12-cv-60460-WJZ (S.D. Fla. 2012)
On June 28, 2012, the United States filed a Statement of Interest opposing Florida officials’ Motion to Dismiss. The plaintiffs’ complaint alleges that the State of Florida unnecessarily institutionalizes Medicaid-eligible children who are medically fragile in nursing facilities, or places them at risk of institutionalization, by limiting access to medically necessary services in the community, in violation of the ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (“EPSDT”) provisions of the Medicaid Act. The complaint also alleges that Florida has violated the Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (“PASRR”) provisions of the Nursing Home Reform Amendments to the Medicaid Act by failing to fully evaluate children before admitting them to nursing facilities. Read More
For the thirteenth anniversary of the Olmstead v. L.C. decision, Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on the Civil Rights Division’s enforcement of the ADA and Olmstead. To read AAG Perez's remarks, click here.
Darling v. Douglas – 09-CV-3798 –
(N.D. CA 2009) (Formerly Cota v. Maxwell-Jolly)
On January 10, 2012, The United States filed comments supporting final approval of the parties' proposed Settlement Agreement. Read More
Oster v. Lightbourne – 09-CV-4668 – (N.D.
CA 2009) (Formerly Oster v. Wagner)
The United States filed a Statement of Interest on January 9, 2012 regarding Plaintiffs' challenge to a twenty percent reduction in personal care services provided through the State's In-Home Support Services (IHSS) program. IHSS is designed to enable elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities to avoid hospitalization and institutionalization. Read More
DOJ Findings Letter to State of
The United States issued a Findings Letter in December 2011 concluding that Mississippi is violating the ADA's integration mandate in its provision of services to people with developmental disabilities and mental illness. After an extensive investigation, the Department found the State of Mississippi has failed to meet its obligations under the ADA by unnecessarily institutionalizing persons with mental illness or DD in public and private facilities and failing to ensure that they are offered a meaningful opportunity to live in integrated community settings consistent with their needs. The Department recommended that the State implement certain remedial measures, including the development of adequate, safe community-based services for people with developmental disabilities or mental illness who are unnecessarily institutionalized, or at risk of unnecessary institutionalization. DOJ seeks to work with the State to negotiate a settlement to resolve the findings.
M.R. v. Drefyus – 10-CV-2052 – (W.D. WA
In a suit brought on behalf of approximately 45,000 individuals with disabilities who receive personal care services through Washington State's Medicaid program, the United States filed a Statement of Interest in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction in January 2011, which the District Court denied in February 2011. On December 16, 2011, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the judgment of the district court and granted injunctive relief with respect to the named plaintiffs, finding that plaintiffs had demonstrated that the State's cuts placed them at serious risk of institutionalization in violation of the ADA. The court relied, in part, upon DOJ's previously filed Statement of Interest. Read more