Court Ruling Overturned Regarding Segregating Individuals with Mental Illness

On technical grounds, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned a lower federal court ruling that New York’s practice of segregating individuals with mental illness in large, congregate settings called adult homes was discrimination.   The lower court had ordered the state to provide smaller community-based settings for over 4,000 individuals who live in the adult homes. The reason the appeals court overturned the decision was its finding that Disability Advocates, Inc. (DAI), a private non-profit agency that contracts with the state’s protection and advocacy system to provide legal services to individuals with mental illness, did not have standing to file the lawsuit.

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