- Associated Press - Sunday, June 29, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A federal judge has scheduled a hearing on the fairness of a plan by Connecticut officials to stop housing many mentally ill people in nursing homes.

The plan is included in a proposed settlement of an eight-year-old lawsuit involving more than 200 psychiatric patients. The fairness hearing is set for Tuesday.

Advocates for the mentally ill and three state agencies agreed on the proposed settlement in April.

Advocates for the mentally ill filed the class-action lawsuit in 2006, saying hundreds of psychiatric patients were forced to live in nursing homes in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The proposed settlement calls for moving eligible psychiatric patients into community settings.

Advocates for the elderly have expressed concerns for years about the dangers of housing psychiatric patients with elderly people.

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