Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Thousands to Moving From Nursing Homes Into Community Under Pact

An agreement filed Monday in a federal court in Texas means thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities now residing in nursing homes may be able to move into less restrictive settings in the community, a disability rights group announced.The result of a 2010 class-action suit filed by six plaintiffs — three from San Antonio — the two-year interim agreement requires the state to inform people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or IDD, of alternatives to nursing homes, where they often don't belong and don't receive the type of services they need, said Garth Corbett, a senior attorney at the Austin-based Disability Rights Texas.

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