OPA: Legal Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities OPA: Legal
 Legal Pleading List
 Consent Decree: Laflamme et. al., v. New Horizons, Inc., et. al.
 DOJ files Amicus Brief in OPA v. CT
  The Department of Justice filed an amicus brief in OPA v. CT on Nov. 25, 2009. DOJ supported OPA's position that individuals with mental illness in Connecticut are forced to remain in nursing homes because DMHAS, DSS and DPH do not provide sufficient services in the community in violation of Title II of the ADA. DOJ also supported OPA's position that we have standing to bring these claims. This amicus brief is part of an effort by DOJ to support Olmstead actions throughout the country.
 Brief Analysis of March 31, 2010 Ruling
 Disability Rights Advocates Move to Intervene in Assisted Suicide Case
  The Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (OPA) filed a motion in Superior Court today to intervene in a recently filed lawsuit about assisted suicide.OPA is joined in the motion by two well known Connecticut advocates, Catherine D. Ludlum of Manchester, and Claude Holcomb of Hartford. The advocates are asking to intervene in order to ensure that the disability perspective is represented in the case.
 Messier v. Southbury Training School
  Southbury Settlement Opens Door to Community Living. Following an October 4, 2010 Fairness Hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Bree Burns has officially signed off on an agreement settling a longstanding lawsuit over the rights of residents of Southbury Training School. Messier v. Southbury Training School, was originally filed in 1994.
 Justice Department’s New ADA Rules Go into Effect on March 15, 2011
  WASHINGTON – Revised regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will take effect March 15, 2011, the Department of Justice announced. The revised rules are the department’s first major revision of its guidance on accessibility in 20 years.
 Settlement Agreement between the DOJ and Wells Fargo & Co.
  On May 31, 2011, the Justice Department's Disability Rights Section and Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California entered into a comprehensive settlement agreement with Wells Fargo & Company. Under the Agreement, Wells Fargo will pay up to $16 million to compensate individuals who experienced discrimination in violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when trying to call Wells Fargo, access Wells Fargo's services, or visit one of Wells Fargo's retail stores.
 Information from the DOJ
  Schools and pre-schools must accomomodate children with autism and diabetes.
 Justice Department Settles Lawsuit with the Puerto Rico Department of Justice Regarding Employment Rights
  The Justice Department settled a lawsuit with the Puerto Rico Department of Justice (PRDOJ) to protect the rights of employees with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The settlement resolves a complaint that the PRDOJ discriminated against an employee with a disability by failing to provide her with a reasonable accommodation, as required by the ADA.
 Health Care Providers Settle with Justice Department Over Complaints of HIV Discrimination
  The Justice Department announced that it has reached two settlements today resolving claims that health care providers refused to serve people with HIV in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
 Bow Tie Cinemas Sued
 U.S. District Court Legal Notice
  To Residents of Chelsea Place Care Center in Hartford or Bidwell Care Center in Manchester: You may be entitled to live in the community with appropriate supports. A federal court authorized this notice. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer. Aviso Legal del Tribunal de Distrito de los EE.UU. Residentes de Chelsea Place Care Center en Hartford y Bidwell Care Center en Manchester: Usted podría tener derecho a vivir en la comunidad con la ayuda de servicios y apoyo adecuados. Un tribunal federal autorizó esta notificación. Este mensaje no es un anuncio publicitario de una firma de abogado. (Spanish version)
 U.S. District Court Approves Settlement; Individuals With Mental Illness To Live In Community-Based Residences With Support
  U.S. District Court Approves Settlement; Individuals With Mental Illness To Live In Community-Based Residences With Support