Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement following U.S. District Court Judge John A. Gibney's approval of the settlement agreement between the Commonwealth and the U.S. Department of Justice regarding Virginia's Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services System:
"Judge Gibney's approval of the settlement agreement yesterday is a significant step forward for all Virginians with developmental disabilities. Building on the developmental services system foundation that is now in place, the settlement agreement increases community waiver slots to provide community services for many of the thousands of individuals who have been on the waiver waiting lists. The agreement will also improve the discharge planning process at the training centers and enhance the quality and oversight of community-based services. We appreciate Judge Gibney's careful review in this important matter. With his approval given yesterday, we will now proceed toward full implementation of the terms of the settlement agreement."