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DRN Sues Governor Corbett and DPW
March 15, 2012

The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRN) issued a press release regarding the lawsuit it and several other advocacy organizations filed on March 14 in Commonwealth Court against Governor Corbett, the Department of Public Welfare (DPW), and the Office of the Budget. This lawsuit addresses the governor’s 2012/13 proposed budget, which would cut services to persons with disabilities, including mental illness and intellectual disability, through the implementation of a Human Services Development Fund Block Grant. This proposed grant includes a 20 percent cut to funding and transfers the responsibility for program implementation and funding to the counties.

DRN CEO Mark Murphy said, “For years, DPW has consistently asked for and received woefully inadequate appropriations to support services for Pennsylvanians with disabilities that are mandated under the Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Act of 1966. Cutting 20 percent for critical services that are already appallingly underfunded is beyond irresponsible.” The court is asked to give an injunction to require the state to comply with its obligations under this act.

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