On March 31, 2016, Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) announced it filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court against the Governor of Ohio and other state officials on behalf of six individuals and one organization for alleged noncompliance of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504, and Medicaid requirements.
This litigation has the potential to touch the lives of thousands of Ohioans with developmental disabilities and their families. As such, the Ohio Association of County Boards of DD (OACB) has prepared this document to explore the potential impacts of this litigation on various individuals and organizations in Ohio’s DD system. OACB is not a party to this case. This document has been produced for educational purposes only, and the information contained therein will be updated as details of the case are made public.
DRO claims that the state government has not done enough to prevent Ohioans with developmental disabilities (DD) from being unnecessarily admitted to care facilities that DRO considers to be institutions – places in which people with disabilities live, work, and receive care while separated from the wider community. Click here to read DRO's fact sheet about the lawsuit.
The suit is primarily concerned with intermediate care facilities (ICFs) that have eight or more residents. ICFs are live-in care centers for people with developmental disabilities. DRO’s stated intention is to give residents of these facilities more choices in when and how to receive state-funded residential, employment, and other day services.
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