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For Immediate Release From Bazelon Center For Mental Health Law!


Talevski v. Health and Hospital Corporation
of Marion County Explained



What you need to know about the case that could strip the ability to individually enforce civil rights and access to federal safety net programs.


The Supreme Court is set to decide a crucial civil rights case this fall: Talevski v. Health and Hospital Corp. of Marion County (HHC). Civil Rights and Disability Rights organizations are sounding the alarm and urging immediate action to keep this case out of the Supreme Court. The stakes in this case are extremely high.



ABOUT THE CASE:

Mr. Gorgi Talevski, who is now deceased, was a patient at an HHC nursing home facility,
Valparaiso Care and Rehabilitation. Mr. Talevskiís estate, litigating on behalf of Mr. Talevski, alleges that the facility abused and neglected him by using chemical restraints and medicating him to sleep, rather than treating his dementia-related needs.

The Federal Nursing Home Reform Act (FNHRA) gives nursing home residents the right to be free from restraint, whether physical or chemical. Mr. Talevski (through his family) sued HHC, with the claim that HHC violated his rights under the FNHRA. HHC argued that nursing home residents such as Talevski should not be able to bring cases to federal court for resolution. Mr. Talevski won in the lower courts, but HHC petitioned to the Supreme Court asking the Court to rule that individuals may no longer sue to protect their rights. The hearing has been scheduled for November 8th, 2022.


TAKE ACTION:

Congress intended for the people, not just the federal government, to hold state and local governments accountable to uphold and enforce civil rights laws. We need this case withdrawn from the Supreme Court. You can take action by:

● Visiting http://www.citact.org/hhc

● Texting HHC to 52886

● Contacting a Marion County City-County Council Member

● Contacting HHC Board of Trustees (more below)

● Watch & share our press conference testimony highlights here:
https://youtu.be/QWz_t13qEkM

● Watch & share Citizens Action Coalitionís call to action video here:
https://youtu.be/2EW3DQVFwiU

WHATíS AT STAKE

HHCís petition to the Supreme Court asks the Court to rule that individuals may no longer sue to protect their rights under a broad range of statutes Ė known as Spending Clause statutes and under Medicaidís Nursing Home Reform Act under Section 1983.

What is Section 1983: Section 1983 allows an individual to sue state governments and their employees for civil rights violations. Section 1983 does not grant civil rights, instead it is used to enforce rights that already exist.

What is Spending Clause Legislation: The Spending Clause allows Congress to enact laws
that tax and spend money for the general welfare of the United States.

Spending Clause programs include:


○ Medicaid - federal health insurance for low-income adults, children, pregnant
people, elderly adults, and people with disabilities.

○ Medicare - federal health insurance for people 65 or older, and for some people
with disabilities.

○ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - financial assistance that
enables low-income families and individuals to purchase healthy food.

○ Childrenís Health Insurance Program (CHIP) - provides health coverage to eligible
children.

○ Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) - provides temporary assistance
to low-income families with children to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

○ Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act - establishes protections for children
in foster care or at risk for placement, including safety measures.

○ Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Preventive Act Provisions - imposes protections
for children and youth in or at risk for detention, including strict limits on
incarceration and mandates to separate children from adults.

○ McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Programs, Education for Homeless
Children and Youth Program - ensures educational rights and protections for
children experiencing homelessness.

The Supreme Courtís decision in this case could also limit the power of important civil rights laws that protect individuals. These laws place nondiscrimination obligations on state and local governments when they accept and use federal dollars. Specifically:

○ Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (prohibits discrimination on the
basis of s*x);

○ Title VI of the Civil Rights Act (prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color,
or national origin); and

○ Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (prohibits discrimination on the basis of
disability).

If people are not able to sue state and local governments to enforce these rights, state and local governments will have little to no accountability if they fail to deliver these important protections and services, or if they fail to deliver them in a nondiscriminatory manner. Only the federal government will be able to investigate wrongdoing, and the only remedy available to the federal government - in most instances of wrongdoing - is to withhold funding from the state. These
lifeline programs need more, not less funding.

For these reasons, this case puts numerous socio-economic and historically marginalized communities at risk, including those who o identify as: Disabled, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, working class, low-income, elderly, children, families in the foster care system, needy families, people experiencing homelessness, and more.

Read the full FACTS HERE!: http://www.bazelon.org/wp-content/uploads/...


TAKE ACTION TODAY!: https://www.hoosieraction.org/scotus

EXPLAINER!: http://www.bazelon.org/wp-content/uploads/...

Thank you.
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Tuesday, September 27th 2022 at 1:06PM
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