Disability Rights North Carolina and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program will receive $42,500 from the National Disability Rights Network to monitor and advocate on behalf of individuals with disabilities transferring from institutional to community settings.
The announcement comes less than a week after Alabama closed it’s last remaining state institution, the Partlow Developmental Center. The funds were provided by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities to NDRN, which then awarded the contracts.
The NDRN has long been at the forefront of the deinstitutionalization movement. In 2009, it released an extensive report critical of deinstitutionalization efforts in the decade since the Supreme Court’s 1999 Olmstead decision, which requires states to provide services for people with disabilities to live in the least restricted setting possible.
“Community monitoring is a cornerstone of our work to ensure the highest quality services are provided in the safest environment,” said NDRN executive director Curt Decker in a March 9 news release. “The breadth of experience and demonstrated commitment of DRNC and ADAP will help individuals with disabilities living in the community know their rights and be free from abuse and neglect.”
Disability Rights North Carolina and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program are part of the federally funded protection and advocacy system and a member of the National Disability Rights Network.