We partnered with the Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Citizens (PARC) to close the institutions and secure community-based living arrangements for the residents. The Law Center’s deinstitutionalization efforts in Pennsylvania led to a drastic shift in the lives of people with disabilities, as the population of state institutions in Pennsylvania decreased from the tens of thousands in the 1960s to just over one thousand in 2008. Though there is still much work to be done to secure necessary services in the community, our efforts helped build a new, carefully structured system of community living arrangements capable of replacing large-scale warehouses for people with disabilities.
Settlement reached to close Pennhurst
Third Circuit ruled in favor of plaintiffs, but Supreme Court overturned the Third Circuit ruling
Supreme Court reversed the lower court’s ruling
Order for state to develop community placements and services for all Pennhurst residents goes into effect
Halderman v. Pennhurst goes to trial, Court ruled in plaintiffs favor
Halderman v. Pennhurst filed