DRC Lawsuit against Alameda County

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DRC Lawsuit against Alameda County

Disability Rights California (DRC), along with Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho, and the Law Office of Aaron J. Fischer have filed a federal lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act against Alameda County and Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services. The lawsuit challenges the unnecessary and illegal segregation of people with mental health disabilities- especially Black people with disabilities in psychiatric institutions and the failure to ensure people with disabilities are provided the services they need. 

DRC is demanding that the County expand and enhance intensive  community-based mental health services, including supported housing, so that people are not forced into institutions like John George Psychiatric Hospital, or the Santa Rita Jail, when they can be served in a more integrated setting.

Case Name: 
Disability Rights California v. County of Alameda

Court and Case Number: 
5:20-cv-05256 (N.D. Cal.)

Co-Counsel:
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
Law Office of Aaron J. Fischer
Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho

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