Mentally disabled sue state over cuts to home care

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A group of 39 disabled Tennesseans is suing the state over cuts they say will force them from their homes.

A lawsuit filed in federal court in Nashville on Monday seeks to stop the state Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities from limiting in-home care services, according to The Tennessean.

The Department announced in June it would restrict one-on-one nursing services to 12 hours per day and personal assistance services to 215 hours per month, which equals about 7 hours per day.

The agency had to cut more than $10 million from its budget. Officials have said the alternative is to eliminate people from the program.

The lawsuit claims the state is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by forcing the disabled into segregated group homes.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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