Uncategorized

Disability Rights NC: DHHS in a “double bind” (video)

A decade after North Carolina embarked on reforming its mental health system, the state finds itself on the verge of a lawsuit by U.S. Department of Justice.

DOJ says the state is in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act for housing mentally ill people in adult care homes that are not equipped to care for those individuals.

The federal government noted in July that most people with a mental illness “could be served in more integrated settings, but are relegated indefinitely and unnecessarily to adult care homes, because of systemic State actions and policies.”

Vicki Smith, executive director with Disability Rights North Carolina, says the Department of Health and Human Services now finds itself in a “double bind.” Smith says the state can challenge the findings or comply, but both options will require more resources. This comes at a time when the legislature has ordered the department to make millions of dollars in additional cuts to help balance the state budget.

Smith appears this weekend on News & Views to discuss the dilemma. For a preview of her radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below:

One Comment


  1. […] this article: Disability Rights NC: DHHS in a “double bind” (video) « The … Comments […]

Check Also

NC Congressman: Arming teachers ‘a terrible idea’, time to focus on gun violence research

Congressman David Price (NC-4) and a handful of ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

The good news is that the levels of GenX in Wilmington’s drinking water is testing consistently belo [...]

This week NC Child and the NC Institute of Medicine release the 2018 Child Health Report Card, an an [...]

North Carolina’s public school system is one of the lowest funded in the nation when adjusted for co [...]

Last week, a teenager in Florida opened fire in a high school and killed 17 people. Nikolas Cruz, 19 [...]

In “Lessons on political speech, academic freedom, and university governance from the new North Caro [...]

Cracks are forming in the NRA’s death grip on American politics At some point, it’s going to happen. [...]

As the General Assembly wraps up its weirdly timed and generally ill-conceived winter session, it wo [...]

The post Dumb & Dumber & Dumbest appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]