MEMPHIS, Tennessee — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed over conditions at the Arlington Developmental Center, ending the 21-year legal fight over the center for the developmentally disabled.
U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton had previously announced an agreement outlining steps the state would take to help former patients of the center, located in the Memphis suburb of Arlington. The federal government filed legal action in 1992 over abuse and mistreatment of people confined there. The state closed the center in 2010.
Gov. Bill Haslam's office says U.S. District Judge Jon McCalla approved the plan and dismissed the lawsuit Wednesday.
The agreement requires the state to expand community-based services, help former patients now in nursing homes to move into community settings and demolish the former residential cottages on the Arlington campus.