A group of mentally disabled Tennesseans sued the state over its recent budget cuts that limit opportunities for home care, according to KnoxNews.com.
Tennessee's Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities had to cut more than $10 million from its budget this year, which caused it to restrict one-on-one nursing services to 12 hours per day and personal assistance services to 215 hours per month, translating to approximately seven hours each day, the news source reports.
Disabled residents say these cuts will force them to move out of their homes and into segregated group homes, which breaches the Americans with Disabilities Act's mandate that people with disabilities should be integrated into communities.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court by 39 residents with disabilities. The plaintiffs range in age from 7 to 52 years old, and require home care for up to 24 hours a day. Many parents of these individuals, who provide care are also upset by the cuts, the Memphis Daily News reports.
"Can you imagine having to take your child out of your home?" Cathy Hughes told the news source. Hughes is the mother of a 35-year-old son who has cerebral palsy and requires 24-hour-a-day care.