Community Based Services - Info Sheet
IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH PSYCHIATRIC DISABILITIES TO LIVE IN THE COMMUNITY
The federal law known as the “Americans with Disabilities Act” requires states to provide services, programs and activities in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of people with disabilities.
This means that the state is not allowed to keep people in a hospital or other restrictive setting if the person could live in a less restrictive setting.
This applies to all persons with disabilities, and the state must consider the needs of all persons with disabilities when it develops programs.
The professional treating the person with a disability must find that community placement is appropriate; AND preferred by the person with a disability.
The state may meet the community integration requirement if it has an effective working plan to place persons with disabilities in less restrictive settings.
A REMINDER ABOUT STATE DISCHARGE PLANNING
State law gives persons with psychiatric disabilities the specific right to discharge plans that meet their individual needs in the community.
Consumers have the right to participate in developing their own treatment and discharge plans.
For more information about community integration, State discharge requirements, or help from a legal advocate call Connecticut Legal Rights Project
Toll Free 1-877-402-2299
TTY (860) 262-5066
P. O. Box 351
Silver Street Middletown, CT 06457