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Federal judges appear poised to end court oversight of Mississippi mental health services

Federal judges appear poised to end court oversight of Mississippi mental health services

NEW ORLEANS — A panel of federal judges appears willing to overturn the court-ordered relief plan and oversee oversight of Mississippi’s mental health system, their questions suggested during closing arguments Wednesday. The judges also asked parties to the state mental health lawsuit to explain whether the Justice Department can directly sue states for violations of …

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"A sudden stop."  Question of judges in mental health lawsuit has implications beyond Mississippi

“A sudden stop.” Question of judges in mental health lawsuit has implications beyond Mississippi

Mississippi’s longstanding mental health lawsuit could spark a shake-up in how legal protections for people with disabilities are enforced, potentially reducing pressure on state and local governments to ensure Americans with disabilities have equal access to services. The Justice Department sued Mississippi six years ago, saying it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by …

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Oregon State Hospital faces dilemma with judge's order to release patients early

Oregon State Hospital faces dilemma with judge’s order to release patients early

A federal judge has ordered the state psychiatric hospital to begin releasing patients because others who need treatment are spending weeks in jail waiting to enter. SALEM, Ore. — Oregon State Hospital will begin releasing a batch of patients each month on Oct. 12 because the hospital is so full people are delaying treatment while …

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