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 Habilitation Centers (RHCs), as identified in the State’s own surveys.
SEATTLE – The City of Seattle has settled a landmark class action lawsuit by committing to installing over twenty thousand accessible curb ramps throughout Seattle over the next eighteen years. Curb ramps provide people with mobility disabilities a safe way to get on and off sidewalks as they travel through the pedestrian right of way.
Following through on changes spurred by a lawsuit from Disability Rights Vermont, the Vermont Departments of Corrections and Mental Health have finalized a new agreement that aims to provide timely, comprehensive treatment for inmates with mental illness.
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.
The Disability Law Center announced a settlement with a Utah tattoo parlor on June 22, ending the parlor’s exclusionary policy toward people who are H.I.V. positive.
“No Excuses” sheds light on the pattern of unsafe conditions and lack of treatment in Washington’s Residential Habilitation Centers (RHCs), as identified in the State’s own surveys. While most of this information is publicly available, it is apparent that the ongoing problems are not widely known nor discussed. This report synthesizes a single year’s worth of information to call attention to the serious harm that continues to occur. These systemic failures endanger people with developmental disabilities in all of the RHCs and cannot continue, as there are no excuses for these failures.
Eighty percent of the polling sites last November’s presidential election were inaccessible to people with disabilities in an upstate New York State county, Disability Rights New York allegedly in a recently released report.
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.