Resource: United States of America v. Commonwealth of Virginia

By: The Bazelon Center

January 1, 2017

On January 26, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a complaint against the Commonwealth of Virginia in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The complaint alleged that the state had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C. by unnecessarily depriving Virginians with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) of the opportunity to live in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. Instead, the state warehoused individuals with ID/DD in five large state institutions called training centers, as well as in other institutions.