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Case Name United States v. North Carolina PB-NC-0002
Docket / Court 5:12-cv-557 ( E.D.N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
Special Collection Olmstead Cases
Attorney Organization Bazelon Center
U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
In 2010, the United States Department of Justice (Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section) began an investigation into the provision of services to individuals with mental illness in North Carolina. On July 28, 2011, DOJ issued a letter of findings detailing violations of the ADA's ... read more >
In 2010, the United States Department of Justice (Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section) began an investigation into the provision of services to individuals with mental illness in North Carolina. On July 28, 2011, DOJ issued a letter of findings detailing violations of the ADA's integration mandate under the Supreme Court precedent, Olmstead v. L.C. DOJ found that North Carolina unnecessarily placed individuals with mental illness in "adult care homes" rather than in community-based settings, and that the state's policies cause individuals with mental illness who receive some services outside of institutions to face a risk of unnecessary institutionalization.

After a period of negotiations, DOJ concurrently filed a complaint and settlement agreement on August 23, 2012. Through this court-enforceable settlement agreement, North Carolina has promised to increase its community-based services available to individuals with mental illness and to offer additional supports so that these individuals can stay out of institutions. Specifically, North Carolina will put transition programs in place to move individuals out of adult care homes and divert individuals from those placements where possible. The State will create additional opportunities for individuals with mental illness to live in supported housing, and will also put programs in place to expand employment opportunities. The state will also improve its community-based mental health services, with an emphasis on "Assertive Community Treatment" teams and crisis services. The parties selected an independent reviewer to monitor the State's progress in complying with the agreement.

Beth Kurtz - 11/09/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Benefit Source
Medicaid
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Reasonable Accommodation
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Disability
Integrated setting
Least restrictive environment
Mental impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Classification / placement
Deinstitutionalization/decarceration
Individualized planning
Placement in mental health facilities
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Mental health care, unspecified
Mental Disability
Mental Illness, Unspecified
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Defendant(s) State of North Carolina
Plaintiff Description The United States filed this complaint on behalf of individuals with mental illness in North Carolina who are unnecessarily housed in adult care homes or placed at risk of such institutionalization by the state's policies.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Bazelon Center
U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2012 - n/a
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Links William G. v. Pataki
http://www.bazelon.org/william-g-v-pataki/
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Disability Rights New Jersey v. Velez
http://www.bazelon.org/drnj-v-velez/
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Williams v. Quinn
http://www.bazelon.org/williams-v-quinn/
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  United States of America v. Commonwealth of Virginia
http://www.bazelon.org/u-s-v-virginia/
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  United States of America v. North Carolina
http://www.bazelon.org/u-s-v-north-carolina/
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  U.S. v. Georgia
http://www.bazelon.org/u-s-v-georgia/
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  O'Toole v. Cuomo [Formerly DAI v. Cuomo]
http://www.bazelon.org/otoole-v-cuomo/
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Amanda D. v. Hassan
http://www.bazelon.org/amanda-d-v-hassan/
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
5:12-cv-557 (E.D.N.C.)
PB-NC-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/22/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
DOJ Letter of Findings
PB-NC-0002-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/28/2011
Source: U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section
Letter sent to N.C. Governor, N.C. Division of Health and Human Services, and N.C. Attorney General by Bazelon Center on behalf of stakeholder group
PB-NC-0002-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/11/2011
Letter sent to N.C. Governor and N.C. Attorney General by Bazelon Center attorneys on behalf of stakeholder group
PB-NC-0002-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/30/2011
Letter sent to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by Bazelon Center attorneys on behalf of stakeholder group, regarding proposed 1915(i) option in North Carolina
PB-NC-0002-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/27/2012
Settlement Agreement
PB-NC-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/23/2012
Source: U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section
Complaint
PB-NC-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/23/2012
Source: U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section
DOJ Press Release
PB-NC-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/23/2012
Source: U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section
Judges Fox, James Carroll Court not on record
PB-NC-0002-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Acker, G Norman III (North Carolina)
PB-NC-0002-0001 | PB-NC-0002-0002 | PB-NC-0002-9000
Barkoff, Alison (District of Columbia)
PB-NC-0002-0001 | PB-NC-0002-0002
England, Travis W (District of Columbia)
PB-NC-0002-0001 | PB-NC-0002-0002 | PB-NC-0002-9000
Foran, Sheila (District of Columbia)
PB-NC-0002-0001 | PB-NC-0002-0002
Friel, Gregory (District of Columbia)
PB-NC-0002-0001 | PB-NC-0002-0002
Graff, Julia (District of Columbia)
PB-NC-0002-9000
Hill, Eve L. (District of Columbia)
PB-NC-0002-0001 | PB-NC-0002-0002
Kline, Regina (District of Columbia)
PB-NC-0002-0001 | PB-NC-0002-0002
Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)
PB-NC-0002-0001 | PB-NC-0002-0002 | PB-NC-0002-0004
Raish, Anne (District of Columbia)
PB-NC-0002-0001 | PB-NC-0002-0002 | PB-NC-0002-9000
Rush, Regan (District of Columbia)
PB-NC-0002-0001 | PB-NC-0002-0002
Walker, Thomas G. (North Carolina)
PB-NC-0002-0001 | PB-NC-0002-0002
Welan, Joy Levin (District of Columbia)
PB-NC-0002-0001 | PB-NC-0002-0002 | PB-NC-0002-9000
Yeh, Teresa (District of Columbia)
PB-NC-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Corbett, Lisa G. (North Carolina)
PB-NC-0002-9000
Rabinovitz, Brian D. (North Carolina)
PB-NC-0002-9000
Tetteh, Josephine N. (North Carolina)
PB-NC-0002-9000
Wood, Michael T. (North Carolina)
PB-NC-0002-9000
Other Lawyers Burnim, Ira Abraham (District of Columbia)
PB-NC-0002-0005 | PB-NC-0002-0006 | PB-NC-0002-0007
Mathis, Jennifer (District of Columbia)
PB-NC-0002-0005 | PB-NC-0002-0006 | PB-NC-0002-0007

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