Federal agencies that provide substantial funding for services to people with mental illness say that far too many of them are living in adult care homes, and the agencies are threatening to stop paying the bills. Last month, the federal Department of Justice stepped in, saying the state has violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by failing to provide housing for mentally ill people other than institutions such as mental hospitals and adult care homes.
The Justice Department says it will sue the state if it doesn't agree to find alternative housing. ...
"It's the perfect storm," said Lanier Cansler, state secretary of health and human services. "We're trying to figure out how not to have a catastrophe here." ...
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