US Justice Dept Takes Legal Action against Forced Placement of Disabled in Nursing Homes
by Franke James
Yes, remarkably, the US Justice Department is leading a campaign to stop the forced placement of disabled adults into nursing homes.
The wrongful practice of segregating the developmentally disabled in nursing homes is widespread in the USA, just as it is in Canada. But the difference is that the US Justice Department has been launching lawsuits against the State governments that are wrongly discriminating against the disabled through forced segregation in nursing homes. It is very positive to see that the US Justice Department is standing up for the Civil Rights of people with disabilities.
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“The Justice Department’s efforts are rooted in a 1999 Supreme Court decision, Olmstead v. L.C. The court ruled that, unless a nursing home is medically necessary, people have a right under the Americans With Disabilities Act to receive care without being segregated from society.”
So my burning question for the Ontario government is: Why are they not stepping forward to defend the civil rights of the disabled? Do we need the equivalent of the US Justice Department to sue them?
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