Monday, December 28, 2009

NC News: WRAL Reports on Lawsuit

Patients in DHHS lawsuit to keep health services for now

Posted: Today at 2:07 p.m.
Updated: Today at 2:30 p.m.
A federal judge on Monday extended a temporary injunction that blocks the state from terminating two people's community-based mental health services until a lawsuit over the matter goes before the court in a full hearing.

Disability Rights North Carolina filed the complaint earlier this month against the secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Rocky Mount mental health facility Beacon Center, claiming the patients stood to lose state and federal services that allow them to live independently.

The cuts were supposed to go into effect Dec. 15, but a judge issued an injunction, which was set to expire Monday. It was extended until a full hearing on the matter. A date hasn't been scheduled.

Read more at WRAL.

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