Consent decrees are a widely used technique to get services for disabled persons, and they can be an effective method to get appropriate state wide mental health services for persons who are deaf. Many state mental health systems have resolved litigation through the formation of 'consent decree units.' If properly designed and implemented, such units can improve services for patients who are deaf, empower administrators to provide programs not otherwise possible, and result ineffective mental health units. The steps involved in using the consent decree approach are given and guidelines for structuring and implementing a consent decree are provided.
Katz, D., Penn, A., & Gillece, J. (2019). The Consent Decree: A Means of Obtaining Mental Health Services for People who are Deaf. JADARA, 26(2). Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/jadara/vol26/iss2/10