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June 20, 2010


July 21 Hearing to decide on mental health services for 5000 Sacramento County residents

Sacramento, CA – Judge John A. Mendez of the United States District Court in Sacramento is holding a hearing at 9:30 a.m. July 21 in Napper v. County of Sacramento, regarding Plaintiffs’ request to stop Sacramento County from abrupt termination of community-based mental health services.

An estimated 5000 people with psychiatric disabilities and their families will be directly affected by the outcome of the ruling.

The U.S. Department of Justice has also issued a statement of interest in the case in support of Plaintiffs’ motion, recognizing that, under the County’s proposed plan, Plaintiffs will experience a significant reduction in services and be at risk of being placed in hospitals and psychiatric inpatient facilities.

Melinda Bird, Senior Counsel of Disability Rights California’s Los Angeles Regional Office, said, “As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ADA on July 26, mental health consumers must be assured that their right to live in the community with appropriate supports is protected.”

Case documents including complaints and press coverage can be read on our website:

Contacts for Plaintiffs Counsel:
Disability Rights California: Melinda Bird, (323) 997-3235, Stuart Seaborn (916) 488-9950.
Western Center on Law and Poverty: Robert Newman, (213) 487-7211 ext. 2619.
Cooley LLP: Ashley Kanigher, (415) 693-2003.