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ProJo: 'Historic' step forward in US case affecting Rhode Islanders with disabilities

PROVIDENCE — In what was described as a “historic” step forward for Rhode Islanders living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell Jr. on Thursday accepted a plan by the state to bolster services and support with measures including raises for long-underpaid workers in the field.

McConnell himself used the term “historic” at the end of an hour-long virtual hearing in praising the state Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, court monitor A. Anthony Antosh and others involved in the so-called action plan for about 4,000 Rhode Islanders who will benefit.

"This court knows it is not easy to move government," McConnell said. "Moving that mountain was a monumental achievement ... I am so complimentary."

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