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Settlement Agreement

In April 1996, DIDD entered into a settlement agreement with the advocacy group People First, which had sued the state charging violations of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) at the Clover Bottom (CBDC) and Greene Valley (GVDC) Developmental Centers.

The United States Department of Justice strongly suggested that the State settle and, in December 1996, sued the State to become a party in the settlement negotiations. A four-member quality review panel is required to monitor the developmental centers and community services annually. In March 2006 a Federal court dismissed Greene Valley from the part of the lawsuit involving institutional conditions.

Work continues and progress is being made on bringing CBDC into compliance with the settlement agreement.