WV DHHR silenced employees in disability hearing, lawsuit says

By Scott Finn 

For the past six years, Shawn Shumbera has lived at Bateman Hospital, a state mental institution in Huntington. His doctors have said he could live on his own – with help from the state’s MR/DD Waiver program.

But state officials have rejected him three times from the program. They say he’s not disabled enough to qualify – even though he’s disabled enough to stay at a state-run institution. 

Shumbera is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the state Department of Health and Human Resources. The non-profit group Mountain State Justice says that DHHR officials routinely discriminate against people like Shumbera, who has been diagnosed as both mentally retarded and mentally ill. 

Now, his lawyers are leveling another accusation against DHHR. They say top officials at DHHR and Bateman Hospital have intimidated their employees so they will not testify on Shumbera’s behalf.

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One Comment on “WV DHHR silenced employees in disability hearing, lawsuit says”

  1. Jeff W. Says:

    “top officials at DHHR and Bateman Hospital have intimidated their employees so they will not testify on Shumbera’s behalf.”

    NO WAY!! That would be like saying, oh, I don’t know, that the DHHR pays it’s employees well also!! It is too laugh…I have been down this legitimate road MANY times…


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