Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Texas Lawsuit Claims Many with Disabilities 'Trapped' in Nursing Homes

More than 4,500 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are "trapped" in nursing homes providing inadequate care, according to advocates who filed a class-action lawsuit against Texas on Monday.
Two advocacy groups, the Arc of Texas and the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Antonio along with six individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The suit focuses on the approximately 4,500 people with disabilities living in nursing homes in Texas and alleges that thousands more are at risk of the same fate.
Most of those people would receive better care in a community-based facility or their own homes, but the state unfairly restricts access to the programs and services, according to the suit.

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