Justice Department Obtains Settlement Agreement with NY under ADA
The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York announced today that they, along with plaintiff adult home residents, entered into a comprehensive settlement agreement with the state of New York under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As a result of the settlement, the state will offer supported housing to people with mental illness currently residing in adult homes.
Over the next five years, New York will provide scattered-site supported housing to at least 2,000, and potentially more than 4,000, adult home residents. New York has also committed to providing people moving to supported housing with the community-based services and supports that will allow them to thrive in the community. The agreement also will ensure that adult home residents have the information they need to make an informed choice about where to live; if they choose to move to supported housing, they will participate in a person-centered, transition planning process.
The 1999 U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision, Olmstead v. L.C., affirms that the unjustified segregation of individuals with disabilities is an illegal form of discrimination. Following the Olmstead decision, many states are working hard to assist individuals living in institutions and other segregated settings to move to integrated, community-based settings where they can receive the health care and long-term services and supports they need.