Cerebral Palsy Patients’ Lawsuit Asks for Age-appropriate Living Environment

BANGOR — Three young Maine men with cerebral palsy have filed suit in U.S. District Court against the state, saying they should be allowed to move into apartments rather than live in nursing homes and similar facilities.

The lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services says the men do not receive even minimally adequate training, rehabilitation or support services as required by the Americans With Disabilities Act and the federal Nursing Home Reform Act.

The three plaintiffs are Jake Van Meter, 26, who lives in a nursing home in Ellsworth. Adam Fletcher, 28, who lives in a facility in Braintree, Mass., and Eric Reeves, 33, who lives in a nursing home in Penobscot.

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