Lawsuit claims conspiracy against SC disabled

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal lawsuit accuses employees of South Carolina agencies and a nonprofit organization of conspiring to withdraw needed day health services from severely disabled adults and instead send them to work activity centers funded with taxpayer money. The lawsuit seeks to prevent the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs from terminating the adult day health services of three men named in the lawsuit by first name only. Attorney Patricia Harrison is seeking class action status for the dozens of adults in Lexington and Richland counties who received letters that they no longer qualified for the services, and those across the state at risk of having their service ended. A spokeswoman for the agency that serves the disabled says the type of day service offered is based on patient evaluations. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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