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http://nycourts.law.com/CourtDocumentViewer.asp?view=Document&docID=46932 Judge Marin PURSUANT TO the 1991 “Webb Stipulation” the state assumed responsibility for placing several thousand disabled mentally retarded and developmentally disabled individuals who were under the care of New York City’s Child Welfare Agency and Health and Hospitals Corp. (HHC). The Appellate Division, First Department, upheld findings that the state violated the stipulation. In its action before the Court of Claims, the city sought damages for the state’s falling behind the agreed-upon schedule. The court awarded the city $15.2 million plus interest and the HHC $428,465 plus interest. The court held that although the state Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities professionally and sensitively did its best to respect the needs of the individuals involved, the state’s explanation concerning the difficulties in securing timely placements did not bring it outside the terms of the stipulation and the agreed-upon schedule.

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