Feds investigating whether SC ‘unnecessarily’ institutionalizes people with mental illnesses

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Officials with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division announced Wednesday that they have launched an investigation under the Americans with Disabilities Act to determine whether the state of Carolina Sud subjected adults with mental illness to unnecessary institutionalization and the risk of institutionalization in adult homes.

According to Justice Department officials, the investigation will examine whether South Carolina is unnecessarily isolating people with mental illness in adult care homes, known in the state as community residential care facilities, by not providing integrated community mental health services.

Before the investigation was announced, the department said it notified the governor’s office and the attorney general’s office of the investigation.

“People with disabilities have too often been unlawfully isolated in institutions, including public mental hospitals and adult care homes,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “The Civil Rights Division will continue to advocate for the rights of people with mental illness to access the community services they need and to participate fully in community life.”

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