Monday, April 26, 2010

Deaf association files suit against state

The Missouri Association for the Deaf and 13 deaf individuals are suing the state of Missouri, claiming it fails to provide adequate mental health services for about 1,100 deaf Missourians who require mental health treatment.

The lawsuit was announced Monday in St. Louis. A spokesman for the Department of Mental Health says the agency does not comment on matters under litigation.

Among other things, the suit says the state does not provide enough sign language interpreters for deaf people who need mental health services. The suit says the result is that many deaf people are misdiagnosed or fail to get proper treatment.



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