Nebraska Fails People with Serious Mental Illness, DOJ Investigation Finds

Nebraska Fails People with Serious Mental Illness, DOJ Investigation Finds

The Justice Department (DOJ) uncovered a disturbing trend in Nebraska. People with serious mental illness (SMI) are being segregated in assisted living and day program facilities, instead of receiving crucial support in their communities.

This practice violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Olmstead Supreme Court decision, which mandates integrated settings for people with disabilities.

“People with SMI deserve the chance to thrive within their communities,” stated Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke. “Nebraska’s current system isolates them, hindering their potential for independence and employment.”

The DOJ emphasizes that Nebraska has existing programs like “supported employment” that could empower people with SMI to find jobs and live independently.

However, limited access and insufficient resources prevent these programs from reaching those who need them most.

The report recommends Nebraska expand access to existing community-based services.

This would allow people with SMI to receive the support they need to live fulfilling lives within their communities, fostering a more inclusive and equitable environment.

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