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City of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Agrees to Reforms and $437,500 Payment to Resolve Disability Discrimination Lawsuit
November 24, 2014
The Justice Department announced a comprehensive settlement today, resolving a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the proposed consent decree, the City will pay $437,500 in damages to a psychiatric treatment facility that was discriminated against by the City. The decree also requires systemic reforms to the City land use and zoning practices to eliminate barriers for providers of mental health services to people with disabilities and combat the stigma of mental illness. The complaint, also filed in federal court today, alleges that the City discriminated against Psycamore, LLC, an outpatient psychiatric treatment facility, when it denied a certificate of occupancy and a use permit because Psycamore treats patients with mental illness.More information: Department of Justice Letter of Findings to City of Ocean Springs, Mississippi(PDF 8 pages)
For more information or for a copy of the consent decree, please visit our ADA website at DOJ Civil Rights Division Those interested in finding out more about the ADA may also call the Justice Department toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD).
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