RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a settlement between Virginia and the federal government that addresses the care of people with intellectual disabilities, but wants it to include changes to protect the rights of residents of state-run facilities.
U.S. District Judge John Gibney said Friday that under the modified agreement, Virginia must obtain the consent of residents or their authorized representatives before they can move them out of state-run training centers. He also says the agreement must explicitly state that training-center residents can remain in state-run facilities, but they cannot specify which facility. The deal also must include a provision for Virginia to report deaths and serious injuries suffered by former training-center residents.
The $2 billion settlement will create nearly 4,200 waivers for people with intellectual disabilities to receive special services.
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