The father of an autistic man who depends on state assistance is appealing the Indiana social services agency's decision to end an allowance that helped the severely developmentally disabled buy food.
Indianapolis attorney Steven Dick claims the action violates a law requiring the agency to provide room and board for the severely disabled. The Associated Press was provided with a copy of his previously unreleased administrative appeal.
The Family and Social Services Administration withdrew the state grocery benefit in 2010. The move came weeks after it announced it would no longer reduce the state benefit for those who receive food stamps in violation of federal law.
Dick claimed the move was retaliation for a lawsuit he filed. The lawsuit was later settled out of court.
The agency declined comment.