Autistic man's dad sues agency over food aid cut

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The father of an autistic Indianapolis man has sued Indiana's social services agency for ending a state grocery allowance that formerly was paid to hundreds of developmentally disabled people.

Indianapolis attorney Steven Dick filed the lawsuit against the Family and Social Services Administration this week in Marion County.

Dick claims the agency illegally reduces assistance to residents because they receive food stamps. The lawsuit says state law obligates the agency to pay actual cost of room and board.

The food allowance was part of a larger subsidy called the Residential Living Allowance. The agency stopped providing the food allowance in fall 2010.

Dick claimed at the time that the move was retaliation for a related lawsuit he filed against the agency. That lawsuit was later settled out of court.

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