Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Illinois Settlement Opens Residential Choices for People with Disabilities

CHICAGO -- A federal judge on Wednesday approved a settlement to a long-running civil case that will force Illinois to begin moving hundreds of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities into more community-based homes and apartments of their choice.
"I firmly believe that the state of Illinois, the citizens, have been well-served by these efforts," said U.S. District Judge James Holderman, who congratulated lawyers who have spent months negotiating terms of controversial case.
"I will issue an order promptly," he said, noting that he had received only two objections out of 21Ö responses filed with the court. "I will announce informally today that my position is that the consent decree should be approved and this should be the law that is followed."

No comments:

Post a Comment