Judge Approves Maine Nursing Home Olmstead Settlement
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Young adults with disabilities will have more choices of where to live after a judge signed off on an agreement this week that settles a class-action lawsuit brought by the families of three young men whose only option was to live in nursing homes.
The lawsuit alleged that Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services, in the operation of the MaineCare program, violated the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Nursing Home Reform Act. In addition, plaintiffs claimed that for those who do live in nursing homes, DHHS has not provided federally mandated services that promote independence and community involvement.