Justice Department Finds Maine in Violation of ADA For Over-Institutionalization of Children with Disabilities

On the 23rd anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Olmstead v. L.C., the Department of Justice announced today that it has concluded that Maine  unnecessarily segregates children with mental health and/or developmental disabilities, in psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment facilities, and a state-operated juvenile detention facility. The Olmstead decision held that people with disabilities have a right to live and receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs — typically in their homes and communities instead of in institutions.

To read the DOJ's full press release, click the link at the bottom of this page.

Click here to read the DOJ's Letter of Findings, United States' Investigation of Maine's Behavioral Health System for Children under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (PDF)

Source: US Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs, June 22, 2022