On March 31, 2016, Disability Rights Ohio (DRO), the law firm of Sidley Austin, the Center for Public Representation (CPR), and attorney Sam Bagenstos filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Ohio, including the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, the Ohio Department of Medicaid, and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and initiated on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities who are trapped in institutions or are at risk of institutionalization because of Ohio's illegal service system, asserts that the state is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court ruling in Olmstead v. L.C.

On this page, you can find up-to-date information about the case.

Judge's Opinion and Order - Motions to Dismiss Denied

Press release

Response to state's motions to dismiss

Motion for class certification

Fact sheet

Fact sheet 2 - Why It is Important to Act Now

Fact sheet 3 - Information about Class Action Lawsuits


Letter to the state from July 1, 2014, requesting negotiations

Transition to Independence - report from DRO partner, the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

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