AG Withdraws Representation after NYS Jeopardizes the Rights of Adult Home Residents

After New York State took actions that appeared to be calculated to scuttle a settlement that gives over 5,000 people with mental illness the opportunity to leave institutions and live in the community, the NYS Attorney General requested court permission to withdraw as attorney representing the Governor, New York State, and several state officials in the two related civil rights cases. The unusual action occurred after a Federal Judge questioned the state’s decision to consent to a five-month restraining order against the State’s own regulations determining that large adult homes are not clinically appropriate for people with mental illness. Read AG statement here.