Systemic Litigation

Our legal team works to effect systemic change.

What is Systemic Change?

Systemic change is the ability to impact the most people possible. DRM tries to take cases based on likelihood of this impact benefitting people with disabilities. This may result in not providing an attorney to represent you, despite your case having legal merit.

How We Select Cases

  • DRM gets thousands of calls per year. We cannot represent each client and give them an attorney.

  • Sometimes, we take a case because other people in MI are facing the same problem.

  • DRM's legal team can advocate for changes that impact the most people.

  • DRM is proud to advance the rights of people with disabilities through our systemic litigation.

Our Work


Adequate Funding for Community Living Supports (CLS) Services for People in Washtenaw County Hiring CLS Staff Using Self-Determination.

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CB Appeal

The Michigan Court of Appeals (COA) holds that, if an individual receives a positive administrative hearing decision entitling the individual to receive certain Medicaid services, 1) the individual could be entitled to monetary compensation in a lawsuit to enforce the administrative decision, even if the Medicaid entity complies with the decision after the lawsuit is filed by providing the services ordered by the administrative law judge, and 2) an entity like a Community Mental Health (CMH) agency cannot claim the “good faith” exception to a claim for monetary damages in such a lawsuit.

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Children’s Mental Health Lawsuit

Access to medically necessary mental health Medicaid services for children under 21 diagnosed with developmental disabilities, emotional impairments, and/or mental illnesses.

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Perez v. Sturgis Public Schools

Protecting a student’s right to get relief under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that they cannot get under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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