U.S. Dept of HHS finds DTA violated ADA by failing to provide appropriate EA Shelter to accommodate needs of disabled children

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

The Federal Department of Health and Human Services IDHHS) Office of Civil Rights affirms Civil Rights Complaint, finding that DTA violated the ADA in its failure to provide a reasonable accommodations in the Emergency Shelter (EA) program for homeless family whose children with severe disabilities needed direct access to mental health and other services. DTA had moved family from a local EA placement (motel) to a congregate EA shelter that was too far from the medical services needed by the children, DTA failed to respond to requests by the family to be transferred back to the earlier location, and failed to give the family appropriate notice of the transfer of shelter. Client represented by Michelle Lerner, GBLS.