Justice Department Sues Mississippi for Discriminating Against Adults with Mental Illness

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On August 11, 2016, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a claim against the state of Mississippi "alleging that it violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) by failing to provide adults with mental illness with necessary integrated, community-based mental health services."

The DOJ had already conducted an investigation in December of 2011, which found that the state unnecessarily institutionalizes adults and children with disabilities and fails to ensure that they have access to necessary services and supports in the community. 

While the suit acknowledges that the state recognizes its failures, it says that the state has not yet implemented the required reforms.

If you would like to read the DOJ press release, click here.


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