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Governor Corbett and the Department of Public Welfare Face Lawsuit Over Cuts to Services
DRN of Pennsylvania and attorney Stephen F. Gold filed a lawsuit today against Governor Corbett, the Department of Public Welfare, and the Office of the Budget over proposed budget cuts to services for Pennsylvanians with disabilities.
“For years, DPW has consistently asked for and received woefully inadequate appropriations to support services for Pennsylvanians with disabilities that are mandated under the Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Act of 1966,” says Mark Murphy, CEO of Disability Rights Network (DRN) of PA. “Cutting 20 percent for critical services that are already appallingly underfunded is beyond irresponsible.”
The organizations are asking the court to “declare that Corbett’s and DPW’s proposal to transfer Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities (MH/ID) funds to the HSDF Block Grant or… combine MH/ID appropriations with appropriations for other services violates the MH/ID Act.”
“While we support the Administration’
“This ill-advised attempt to balance Pennsylvania’
The organizations are seeking relief from the Court in the form of mandamus and an injunction to require Governor Corbett and DPW to comply with their obligations under the Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Act of 1966.
Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania is a statewide, non–profit corporation designated as the federally–mandated organization to advance and protect the civil rights of adults and children with disabilities. Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania works with people with disabilities and their families to ensure their rights to live in their communities with the services they need, to receive a full and inclusive education, to live free of discrimination, abuse and neglect, and to have control and self–determination over their services. For more information or a copy of the petition, visit http://www.drnpa.org or call 1-800-692-7443 (Voice) /1-877-375-7139 (TDD).
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