U.S. District Judge Ellen Huevelle today rejected a proposed agreement between the District and the Department of Justice over care of developmentally disabled people in group homes.
The city had hoped the agreement would forestall continued litigation that has gone on for three decades over health care for the mentally retarded and others in the District.
"I will not sign this order that has no monitoring," the judge said.
Her ruling was a blow to District officials who said that prolonged litigation was hindering their efforts to improve long-troubled care for the residents. Lawyers for the residents themselves had refused to sign on to the agreement and noted that a court monitor just last week had reported that care had actually worsened in recent months. Those findings came despite efforts by the administration of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to bring in new personnel and improve health care.