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January 30, 2013

Lawsuit targets LePage in defense of mentally impaired

By Kelley Bouchard kbouchard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Gov. Paul LePage

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Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew.

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His mother cared for him until she died in early 2012. Now his sister is trying to care for him in the family home, which requires her to be away from her husband and family.

Monica LaRose, 43, has been on the waiting list since 2009. She has a combination of developmental and mental health challenges that require daily supervision and monitoring of medications. She lives with her elderly father, who has health problems that limit his ability to care for her.

Given their tough budget choices, Maine legislators may be forced to fund services that are required by law rather than those that are considered optional, said lawyers at Petruccelli, Martin and Haddow in Portland.

"These are people who have been on the sidelines, waiting to get into the program for a long time," said Bruce McGlauflin, another lawyer for the plaintiffs. "They shouldn't have to wait anymore."

CORRECTION: This story was updated at 10:50 a.m. on Jan. 30, 2013, to reflect that the program may lose an additional $850,000 in the supplemental budget for January through June that's now before the Legislature.

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