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NCDHHS appealing court order concerning people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service is appealing a court order that would offer people with intellectual and developmental disabilities choice in their care.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service is appealing a court order that would offer people with intellectual and developmental disabilities choice in their care.

Disability Rights North Carolina filed a lawsuit against DHHS and won.

A court order issued earlier this month says the state human services department is in "ongoing violation" of the North Carolina Persons with Disabilities Protection Act and it has been "over-reliant" on institutionalizing people with disabilities.

A superior court judge says there should be adequate community-service alternatives for those who don't want to be at state institution.

Right now, there are more than 16,000 people sitting on a waiting list hoping to being waived to an alternative setting.

DHHS Secretary Kody Kinsely argues that more time is needed and that it's working hard on a number of initiatives that will support people with disabilities.

DHHS is calling on the General Assembly to invest more money to help the thousands of people on that waiting list.