Settlement Agreement between the United States of America
Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania


On September 13, 2012, the Department of Justice entered into a settlement agreement with Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

The Department of Justice initiated a compliance review of Schuylkill County in July, 2011, as part of Project Civic Access, a Department initiative to ensure greater access for persons with disabilities to state and local government programs, services, activities, and facilities.  An on-site survey of the County's buildings, programs, and services was conducted in August, 2011.  County staff worked cooperatively with the Department throughout the compliance review process in order to reach an agreement.

Facilities and programs surveyed by the Department and covered by the agreement include: 

9-1-1 Communication Center, Schuylkill Regional Resource Center, Sweet Arrow Lake Park, Schuylkill County Human Services Complex, Adult Probation, Rest Haven Nursing Home, Courthouse, Prison, and Schuylkill County Cooperative Extension.

The Department also reviewed the County's policies and procedures regarding voting, emergency management and disaster prevention, and sidewalk maintenance.  The text of the settlement agreement specifies the modifications Schuylkill County will be making to its programs, services, and facilities.  Among other things, the County has agreed to:

According to census data, the County has a total population of 150,336 and approximately 21.3 percent of residents have a disability. The agreement requires actions to be completed within three years.  The Department will actively monitor compliance with the agreement until it has confirmed that all required actions have been completed.


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