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“Federal suit says state provides inadequate mental health care”

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This December 1, 2015 article by Joe Smydo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette talks about a federal lawsuit being filed by the Disability Rights Network against the Pennsylvania Dept. of Human Services citing inadequate mental health care as the reason for the suit.  Warren State Hospital, Torrance State Hospital and Mifflin County Jail are where the 3 people the suit focuses on are located.

“In lawsuit, groups claims Corbett’s Medicaid changes cut benefits to 200,000”

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This December 22, 2014  The Patriot-News article talks about a class action lawsuit being brought against the state of Pennsylvania alleging that 200,000 Medicaid recipients have been illegally cut from the program.

“Suit: Mentally ill inmates mistreated”

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This March 15, 2013 article on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website talks about the treatment of mentally ill inmates in prisons.  The article not only explains what is happening, but also points out that there is knowledge about how to correct the problem, but it isn’t being implemented enough to be all that useful in solving the problem.

 

“CLS Negotiates Opportunity for Medicaid Reinstatement”

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This info was found on the Community Legal Services of Philadelphia website I just spotted it on October 25, 2012 so if you are reading this after October 26, 2012, the info in the excerpt may have already occurred, but this indicates that there could be a glimmer of hope for folks who lost their Medicaid.

Below is an excerpt from the info on site linked above ……..

INFORMATION REGARDING MEDICAL ASSISTANCE RAPID REINSTATEMENT PROJECT

Community Legal Services Rapid Reinstatement Hotline: 267-765-6494

Department of Public Welfare Toll-Free Hotline: 1-866-376-8231

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“Lawsuit seeks restoration of Pennsylvania’s General Assistance for the disabled”

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This October 3, 2012 article on the Philly.com website talks about the lawsuit being made to try to restore General Assistance according to the article the action by Governor Corbett may have been unconstitutional

“Lawsuit seeks to halt Pa. welfare cuts at the pass”

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This article dated March 16, 2012 and on Pennlive.com talks about the lawsuit recently filed by the Disability Rights Network citing the Federal Mental Health and Intellectual Disability act of 1966 and indicating that Corbett’s budget would be in violation of this act.

“Disabilities advocates file lawsuit”

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This article dated March 15, 2010 and found on the Philly.com website, talks about a lawsuit recently filed by disability advocates in response to the block grants and 20% funding cut to mental health and intellectual disability services.

“Department of Public Welfare Discriminates Against Deaf Pennsylvanians with Intellectual Disabilities”

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This article talks about aq case that was recently filed to help folks who are Deaf and developmentally disabled gain access to basic means of communicating with caretakers.  Many are unable to communicate because there is a lack of caretakers who understand American Sign Language in Pennsylvania.  This creates a situation where folks who rely on signing for example to communicate in a position where they have no way of communicating in some cases.

It’s an interesting case and I admit it isn’t specifically about mental health issues, but I think that being unable to communicate with the world around you probably doesn’t help keep your mental health in check and it could easily deteriorrate so it is one of those things that is more of an indirect mental health issue with regards to this blog.  I do feel it’s important though, and touches a tender spot in my heart because I’ve met a couple folks over the years who are deaf and developmentally disabled one of my most favorite people in the world is a gentleman who is non-verbal and is also developmentally disabled.  His sign language is weak, but he is able to communicate enough to where I can have a basic conversation with him, his favorite topics being trucks, plowing snow and his dog that lives with his Mom who he gets to visit.  This gentleman is fortunate to have folks in his life who do their best to learn his method of communicating, but he still gets really frustrated at times and I’m sure it’s because he’s trying to tell the world around him something and we just aren’t getting the message.  In some ways this gentleman is like a brother to me, and will always hold a place in my heart.  When he retired from the sheltered workshop we both worked at I got him a set of trucks as a gift, I know that for an adult to be given a set of matchbox type trucks as a retirement gift might sound strange or even demeaning, but to him those trucks were the highlight of his day when I handed them to him.  I see him once in awhile in the community always accompanied by a staff person or family member, and he usually will give me a great big bear hug to greet me.  Anytime he has a new staff member with him I have to explain that it’s ok and how I know him then they are fine with it once they realize he’s not off on some hugging spree and that it’s a genuine greeting.   I could see him getting very angry and possibly violent if it weren’t for the folks he has in his life who help translate his signs for him. So it is because of this gentleman and others I have met but don’t know that well that I am openly supporting the filing of this case.

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