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Maine Sued on Behalf of Mentally Impaired Adults
01/30/2013 10:30 AM ET  

The suit names as defendants Gov. Paul LePage, DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew and the acting director of the Office of Adults with Cognitive and Physical Disabilities Services.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ A class action lawsuit has been filed against Gov. Paul LePage and his administration for allegedly failing to provide group-home care and other services to nearly 200 intellectually and developmentally impaired adults.

The suit filed Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court names as defendants LePage, Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew, and Ricker Hamilton, acting director of the Office of Adults with Cognitive and Physical Disabilities Services.

It was filed by family members and guardians of 18 adults who are representing 176 people on a waiting list for group-home placement and other services.

A lawyer for the plaintiffs tells The Portland Press Herald a federally approved Medicaid plan requires the state to provide services to 2,935 eligible Mainers, but the program serves only 2,820.

The defendants refused comment.


 

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