Rulings

NY Discriminated Against Mentally Ill

New York state has been dumping thousands of mentally ill people into huge privately run retirement homes in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act, according to federal judge's ruling on Tuesday. The judge ruled that in housing 4,300 mentally ill people in often poorly run homes, New York denied them the access to services "in an integrated setting appropriate to their needs." Advocates had argued that the state could better serve people in their own apartments than in adult homes, and that the homes had begun to mirror the large state-run mental hospitals, closed in the '60s and '70s, that they were meant to replace.