U.S. out to halt state's mental health cuts – Local/State – NewsObserver.com

RALEIGH — The federal government said in a legal filing Wednesday that state budget cuts to programs that help people with mental illness and developmental disabilities live on their own violate the individuals’ civil rights.

This month, the advocacy group Disability Rights North Carolina sued the state Department of Health and Human Services in federal court over the cuts. which slashes state money that helps the disabled pay for home health care, rent and other expenses.

The lawsuit got a boost Wednesday when the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice filed a brief supporting the case and asked a federal judge to issue an injunction against the state. Story continues here ➤