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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 [1], will require the state to create more housing for the mentally illĀ  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 [2]., 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:

What do you think? Does it do enough? Or too much?
NC Settlement Agreement (2) [1]