Virginia Settles Disabled Housing Case With DOJ | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Virginia Settles Disabled Housing Case With DOJ

State will close four of its institutions for developmentally disabled

Play associated audio

Virginia is closing four of its five homes for the developmentally and intellectually disabled and will instead provide services in local communities under a 10-year, $2 billion settlement.

The deal follows a three-year investigation by the Department of Justice that found Virginia violated federal law by needlessly warehousing disabled individuals in institutions instead of providing adequate community-based services. The settlement was filed this week with the United States Court in Richmond after nearly a year of negotiations with the Justice Department.

The deal calls for Virginia to provide nearly 4,200 waivers to pay for localized care, enhanced crisis management services, housing assistance and greater employment opportunities for those receiving treatment.

Virginia is one of five states that operates multiple state-run institutions for the intellectually and developmentally disabled. Most states began transitioning those services to the community decades ago. The settlement announced yesterday echoes similar DOJ decisions reached in recent years with Delaware and Georgia.

NPR

U.S. Officials Believe North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

The recent attack on Sony Pictures' computer network that resulted in a flood of confidential data has its origins in North Korea, U.S. intelligence officials say.
NPR

Japan's Butter Shortage Whips Its Cake Makers Into A Frenzy

For the Japanese, Christmastime means sponge cake. But a nationwide butter shortage has lead to mandatory butter rationing, forcing cake bakers to seek out substitutes.
NPR

TSA Administrator John Pistole To Leave At Month's End

John Pistole is leaving the Transportation Security Administration after 4 and a half years as its chief. He will become president of a Christian university in Indiana.
NPR

With Sony Hack, Nation State Attacks Go From Quiet To Overt

U.S. intelligence officials claim that North Korea was centrally involved in the hack against Sony. That's major news in the world of cyberwarfare, where nation states typically make covert attacks.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.