Freedom from abuse and neglect

In 2014, people found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (“NGRI”) and sent to the state psychiatric hospitals for treatment brought a lawsuit against the Department of Social and Health Services (“DSHS”). Ross v. Inslee, No. CV-14-00130-TOR (E.D. Wash., 2014). The named plaintiffs are six...
The Advocacy Center of Louisiana and the McArthur Justice Center of New Orleans filed a federal lawsuit July 20, accusing the Louisiana Department of Corrections of obstructing an investigation into the treatment of inmates with disabilities at the David Wade Correctional Center.
Resident A is a resident at the Niagara Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, an upstate New York nursing facility. For months, she has been seeking to move to a more integrated setting, but her staff members are largely unfamiliar with common Medicaid programs to assist her.
Today, Disability Rights Washington released a new report, “No Excuses: Shining a light on abuse and neglect of people with developmental disabilities in Washington's institutions.” No Excuses sheds light on the pattern of unsafe conditions and lack of treatment in Washington’s Residential...
Disability Rights Florida and the Florida Department of Corrections announced a comprehensive settlement on July 12, resolving a class-action lawsuit alleging a range of dangerous conditions in the state’s prison system.
Disability rights advocates filed a lawsuit against the state of Utah on July 6, seeking to block recent changes to the state’s guardianship system that they allege violate procedural due process rights.
In a 302-page ruling issued June 27, a federal district court found that the state of Alabama’s mental health care for inmates is “horrendously inadequate” and systematically violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.
The Disability Law Center and the Utah Department of Human Services announced a settlement June 12 in a class-action lawsuit challenging the state’s wait times for people awaiting competency restoration services prior to standing trial.
The disAbility Law Center of Virginia released a new report May 22, finding that at least six people suffered preventable deaths between March 2015 and May 2016 because of urinary tract and other infections at a state facility.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced May 9 that states will have an additional three years to comply with new regulations designed to incentivize further deinstitutionalization of Medicaid-funded long-term services for people with disabilities.