State, feds agree on plan for mentally ill

The state and federal government reached an agreement today that will put more emphasis on treating the mentally ill in their own communities instead of depending on institution-based system.

The settlement agreement, available here, will require the state to create more housing for the mentally ill  over the next eight years and aims to transform the state’s current system by leaning more on supportive housing that emphasis inclusion in the larger society.

Today’s agreement stems from a federal action filed in 2011 against the state for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. A landmark U.S. Supreme Court, Olmstead vs. L.C., requires that the disabled have a right to be treated in the least restrictive ways, and stops the warehousing the ill in hospital-like or adult care home settings highly

Among other things, it will requires the state to:

  • create 3,000 new living spaces for severely mentally ill individuals currently being housed in adult-care homes
  • expands the Assertive Community Treatment teams that serve 5,000 individuals, and provide a range of crisis services
  • requires supported job opportunities for 2,500 people with mental illness

What do you think? Does it do enough? Or too much?
NC Settlement Agreement (2)


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