28 05 2008

Group home, Nebraska town settle discrimination lawsuit


Associated Press – May 27, 2008

Omaha, Neb. (AP) – A behavioral health services company will get a permit to build a group home it was denied last year by the village of Palmer – plus $30,000 for its trouble.

Life Quest Inc., the village and its mayor, Arlo Bockerman, have settled the federal lawsuit the company filed in January.

Life Quest sued the central Nebraska village and Bockerman after the Village Board denied the company a permit last year to build the home to serve 14 people with mild mental disabilities.

The lawsuit said Palmer and its leaders infringed on the rights of the mentally ill by denying construction of the home. It also said the city had denied residents of Life Quest’s existing mental disability housing center access to the village swimming pool, library and other public services.




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