A federal judge in Maine has approved a settlement in a class action lawsuit on behalf of 40 people with long-term disabilities who wanted opportunities to live outside nursing homes.
District Judge Nancy Torreson on Wednesday approved the settlement in a suit brought against the Maine Department of Health and Human Services in 2009 on behalf of three young men with cerebral palsy who had lived in nursing homes for years. The court allowed others with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and other conditions to join the suit last year.
It claimed the state violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Nursing Home Reform Act by not making it possible for them to live outside nursing homes. The settlement requires the state to offer home and community-based services to those individuals.