Thursday, May 03, 2012

Institutional Parents File Lawsuit to Keep Vineland (NJ) Developmental Center Open

See this article, which begins:
A group of Vineland Developmental Center residents has filed a suit in federal court claiming the state has violated patients’ rights by trying to close the facility. 
The state last year announced it wants to close the Landis Avenue center that treats women with developmental disabilities and move those residents into group homes and other facilities. The announcement was met with backlash from some residents’ families, and Gov. Chris Christie later signed legislation that called for further research of the impact of a closure. 
Center employees are working without a contract, and guardians of residents say they still don’t know whether the center will remain open. The state has said it wants to shutter the facility by June 30, 2013, a move that would eliminate more than 1,300 jobs.
Hard to see the federal cause of action here.  Though I know certain of the institutional parents' groups think that Olmstead requires the state to provide institutions for those who "need" them, that's not what Olmstead says.

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