Patients in DHHS lawsuit to keep health services for now ::

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal judge on Monday granted a preliminary injunction that blocks the state from terminating two people’s community-based mental health services until a lawsuit over the matter goes before the court in a full hearing.

Disability Rights North Carolina filed the complaint earlier this month against the secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Rocky Mount mental health facility Beacon Center, claiming the patients – who have developmental disabilities and mental illness – stood to lose state and federal services that allow them to live independently. Story continues here ➤