In a recent Superior Court ruling, Judge Allen Baddour noted that North Carolina is “over-reliant on institutions” for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Judge Baddour ruled that the state of North Carolina needs to provide services to disabled people in the home settings that they choose.

According to the ruling, the state has 10 years to clear a massive waitlist of people awaiting services at home or in the community setting of their choice. This will mean that people currently living in institutions – because they and their families have no other option – would have the choice to live in the community with appropriate services provided by the state. Read here for more information on this crucial ruling.