Georgia, feds reach deal on fixing 2010 agreement
State and federal officials have reached agreement on how Georgia can improve and expand services for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness, building on the terms of a landmark 2010 pact. The agreement, filed Wednesday in federal court, addresses compliance problems that the Department of Justice and an independent... Read more
Legislation to empower Georgians with disabilities gains steam
Pauline Shaw has her share of worries, but she also has hope. The worries are about her daughter Dakota’s future. Shaw, who lives in Rincon in east Georgia, says Dakota suffered a stroke while still in her womb. The child, now 12, has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism, and is... Read more
Living with disability helps steer young doctor into fascinating specialty
Editor’s note: Five and a half years ago, Hammad Aslam started medical school in Athens, and his story appeared then in Georgia Health News. This is an update of his medical journey. A video is included below. Hammad Aslam has always wanted to be a doctor. He knew that... Read more
Feds cite deaths of developmentally disabled in push for improvements
Georgia has failed to ensure that developmentally disabled people discharged from state hospitals receive adequate services to remain safe and avoid harm, federal attorneys say in a recent court filing. The attorneys said that of the approximately 503 people with developmental disabilities discharged from state-run hospitals since 2010, 79... Read more
Judge slams state over slow pace on talks with Justice Department
Georgia and the U.S. Department of Justice remain at an impasse over improvements to the state’s services for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities, despite a federal judge’s push for quicker action to resolve their differences. Wednesday was the day set by U.S. District Court Judge Charles Pannell... Read more

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