Sunday, January 15, 2012

One Institution Director's Perspective on DOJ's Mississippi Olmstead Investigation

See this piece from the Laurel (MS) Leader-Call, which reports an interview with the director of a large state institution for people with developmental disabilities.  It begins:
Ellisville State School has provided comprehensive services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than 90 years, but an investigation by the U. S. Department of Justice may place the state school and other mental health facilities in jeopardy. 
The state’s mental health system has come under scrutiny by the Justice Department for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. A Justice Department investigation concluded that thousands of Mississippians with disabilities or mental illness are unnecessarily institutionalize at facilities across the state.

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