News Story (Georgia, NATIONAL)
R. Robin McDonald
August 13, 2019
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Tags: Disability Rights
Organizations mentioned/involved: Atlanta Legal Aid Society
When Legal Aid lawyer Sue Jamison first began representing the woman who would become the lead plaintiff in Olmstead v. L.C and E.W., Lois Curtis was housed at a state psychiatric hospital in Atlanta. She was developmentally disabled and diagnosed with schizophrenia, but the medical professionals treating her had determined that, while she needed community residential services, involuntary hospitalization was no longer warranted.
Jamison set out to secure Curtis’ release from Georgia Regional Hospital and compel the state to provide residential living in a community setting with the support Curtis needed.
Four years later, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the findings of a federal trial judge in Atlanta and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, holding that the “unjustified isolation” of people with disabilities in institutions is a form of discrimination.