Find out about featured class action cases and amicus briefs that positively impact hundreds of thousands of Californians with disabilities. You can read case pleadings, documents and press coverage.
Disability Rights California (DRC) filed a lawsuit in October 2014 on behalf of three individuals with disabilities against the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and its Director. DRC is challenging DHCS' failure to provide medically necessary services that allow the plaintiffs to stay at home rather than in nursing homes or hospitals. Their claims are based on the “integration mandate” of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which says people with disabilities have the right to receive services in the most integrated setting.
Groundbreaking Settlement for Accessible Housing
The Los Angeles City Council today agreed to settle litigation brought by three nonprofit disability and fair housing advocacy groups that claimed the City’s housing programs were inaccessible to people with disabilities.
Inland Regional Center
Press release: 27,000 people with developmental disabilities to receive timely and easier to read notices about services from Inland Regional Center, 1/31/14
Final Settlement Agreement and Exhibits
Final Settlement Agreement - Redacted Version , March 2014
David Oster is among those who sued the state to block cuts to In-Home Supportive Services. He is pictured to the left with his IHSS provider, Julia Medina, in 2009. Credit: Spencer.
If you or someone you know has been denied Community Based Adult Services (CBAS), the program that was replaced Medi-Cal ADHC on March 1, 2012, Disability Rights California has put together materials to help you understand your rights and how to file an appeal of the denial. Contact Disability Rights California to receive a copy of these materials, by calling 1-800-776-5746 or emailing email@example.com.
A state appeals court ruled that the county of Marin improperly approved drugs to treat mental patients without first determining whether they were capable of making an informed choice not to take the medications.
Photo: Left to right are client Leslie Napper, (Napper v. County of Sacramento) mental health advocate; Tiela Chalmers, executive director of the Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco; and Steve Cuellar of the Disability Rights Legal Center, based in Los Angeles.
Napper case update: Sacramento County outpatient mental health services likely to continue until October
Disability Rights California and Sacramento County entered into an interim agreement in a class action case concerning the county's outpatient mental health services. A federal court had determined that the County's plan to cut outpatient services placed mental health clients in the County at risk of in-patient hospitalization.