RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Thirteen residents of state-run centers for Virginians with intellectual disabilities have been allowed to intervene in a court case that could lead to closure of four of the five facilities.
U.S. District Judge John Gibney granted a motion by the residents' families to intervene in the case Wednesday. The state and the U.S. Department of Justice have proposed a settlement that would shift the care of Virginians from state-run institutions to community-based services.
The proposed settlement stems from a lawsuit the Justice Department filed against Virginia over what it called systemic violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Part of the settlement calls for closing four centers. The intervening family members don't want the centers closed, and that they're trying to protect their loved ones' rights.
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