by Max Brantley
Ledgerwood, who has cerebral palsy that makes him unable to use his limbs, staying in the community has allowed him to be an active member of his church, hold elected office in his hometown, and participate in several political clubs in northeast Arkansas. For Ms. Jacobs, who has advanced dementia and congestive heart failure, staying in the community means living in the house she has been in for 15 years, receiving attention and care from a devoted son, and visiting with her older siblings.
... Despite the fact that their medical conditions have not improved, DHS arbitrarily slashed the levels of services for Mr. Ledgerwood by 43% and Ms. Jacobs by 22% without any explanation. These significant cuts undermine their health and safety.
The lawsuit demands accountability from DHS and affirms the rights of low-income Arkansans with disabilities to receive services in their homes when possible and to be treated fairly by the state.