Legal aid preserves Mrs. Darling’s independence

When in 2011 the State passed legislation to eliminate the Adult Day Health Care program, Esther Darling decided she needed to act in order to maintain her own independence and that of the 35,000 other people who rely on ADHC. She says, “Before I came to the Center, I used a wheelchair all the time, but now I can walk. My life is so much better because of the Center. I would be lost without it.” Mrs. Darling agreed to join the ongoing lawsuit as the lead plaintiff, putting her name on a case that resonated throughout the State. Legal aid programs and pro bono counsel had obtained two prior injunctions to stop earlier cuts to the programs and took quick action to challenge the proposed elimination. The case settled on the eve of the preliminary injunction hearing. As a result, ADHC will continue to provide services until it evolves into a program called Community-Based Adult Services, which will provide similar center-based services. Mrs. Darling summed up her feelings about the settlement: “The Center is my home away from home. They’ve been a friend, family, all in one. And I thank everyone who’s fought for this right, and for everybody at the Center, God love them.” Donate now to help people like Mrs. Darling obtain critical legal aid.

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Disability Rights California, National Senior Citizens Law Center, ">National Health Law Program, and Morrison & Foerster, LLP.


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