New York State Will No Longer House Mentally Ill Patients
Posted Apr 08 2012 12:00am
In New York City mentally ill adults are being moved out of institutional group homes into their own house after a federal court ruling on Friday. As a result of this ruling, the uncertainty that has last for the last nine years about the state’s responsibility for such patients has come to a close.
Such a dramatic change in patient care will undoubtedly stir up a number of problems for individuals and families, so that even specialists like personal injury lawyer Silver Spring may be needed. It not an easy transition to go from living in an institutional group to being cared for at home, especially for family member.
The controversy stemmed from the lower court judge’s belief that people with mental illness were living in far more restrictive conditions than they needed and the nonprofit group Disability Advocates that began litigation were unable to sue.
The decision will undoubtedly cause a number of significant consequences and costs on thousands of people. While the long-term effects on the mental health system still remain unclear, the decision allows the state to be unburdened by more than 4,000 people with mental illness that were living in the city’s large group homes for patients diagnosed with mental illness.