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Justice Report Confirms Civil Liberty Violations of Disabled Print

Del. Hope Calls the Department of Justice Findings “Deeply Troubling”

Richmond - The U.S. Department of Justice today issued a scathing critique of Virginia’s system for caring for individuals with disabilities.

Delegate Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) said, “Today’s findings confirm what we have suspected for many years.  Virginia’s antiquated system that segregates hundreds of people with intellectual disabilities is a violation of their civil rights.” Hope continued, “I find this report deeply troubling.”

About 36,000 people with developmental disabilities in Virginia receive services through local and state programs. Nearly 1,100 live in training centers, and 8,000 are receiving intensive community services intended to avoid institutional placement. But more than 5,000 people eligible for the same sort of intensive services are stuck on waiting lists.

“The Virginia General Assembly and Governor should immediately act to initiate a comprehensive plan that permanently addresses the Intellectual Disability and Developmentally Disabled waiver waiting list and provides the necessary resources to adequately care for community-based services.”  Hope added, “I recognize this will require a significant investment of resources but we have been underfunding these services for decades and it is high-time we met our obligation to our most vulnerable citizens.”

Patrick A. Hope is a Member of the Virginia General Assembly as the Delegate from the 47th District representing part of Arlington County.  He serves on the House Courts of Justice Committee and House Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee.


Media Contact:

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Delegate Patrick Hope

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