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DOJ Moves to Intervene in Mental Health System Lawsuit

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DOJ Moves to Intervene in Mental Health System Lawsuit

March 29, 2012

On March 27, the Department of Justice moved to intervene in Lynn E. v. Lynch, a lawsuit that alleges that the State of New Hampshire is in violation of its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide mental health services to people with disabilities.


Last year, the DOJ notified New Hampshire that it was in violation of the ADA's requirement that persons with mental illness not be unnecessarily institutionalized in order to receive services. Despite acknowledging deficits in the current system, the state has failed to implement key parts of a 10-year plan adopted in the wake of the DOJ's notification.


The DOJ seeks to join the plaintiffs in this case in order to help vindicate their rights under the ADA.


The United States' intervention papers and proposed complaint may be found here (under the bullet point "United States v. State of New Hampshire (03/27/2012)."