PITTSBURGH — An autism support organization is seeking an injunction against several state employees in an attempt to prevent the termination of its provider agreement with the commonwealth.
The Casey Ball Supports Coordination, LLC filed an injunction request in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on Oct. 16 in an attempt to prevent the termination of its contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS). Named as defendants are DHS Secretary Ted Dallas, DHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Buwell and Adult Autism Waiver Administrator Pia Newman.
The plaintiff organization assists Medicare beneficiaries who have autism to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. It alleges its provider agreement was incorrectly and improperly terminated, and that it was not afforded a proper appeal, or administrative review, of the department's decision.
Casey Ball is seeking a permanent injunction reinstating its contract, plus attorney fees, costs and penalties. The plaintiff is represented by John P. Cochran of Pittsburgh.
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Case number 15 cv 01349