The Law Firm of Kelley & Murphy of Philadelphia, Blue Bell and Harrisburg has Filed...

Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:20am EDT

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The Law Firm of Kelley & Murphy of Philadelphia, Blue Bell and Harrisburg has
Filed a Law Suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District
of Pennsylvania



PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On September 9, 2009, the
law firm of Kelley & Murphy of Philadelphia, Blue Bell and Harrisburg has
filed a law suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District
of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia on behalf of NHS Philadelphia, NHS
Pennsylvania, NHS Youth Services, Inc., Wordsworth Academy t/a Wordsworth,
Tabor Children's Services, Inc. and the Philadelphia Alliance, a professional
organization representing more than forty (40) specialized behavioral health,
human service and child welfare agencies against Governor Rendell in his
official capacity to end the unlawful withholding of available state and
federal funds which are essential to support behavioral health, human services
and child and adult welfare services for the adults and children so
desperately in need of them.

NHS Human Services, Inc., through its affiliated companies, is the largest
provider of behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disability
services in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The law suit claims that by the Governor vetoing essentially all non-medicaid
social service and child welfare funding while at the same time fully funding
all services performed by employees of the Commonwealth, including all
non-essential, non-emergent and services not mandated by law, the Governor
acted arbitrarily and capriciously, without rational basis in violation of the
equal protection clause, the due process clause, the takings clause and the
supremacy clause of the Constitution.

The suit seeks to fully fund Senate Bill 850 or to strike the bridge budget in
its entirety.  The suit also seeks to fully fund all social services mandated
by federal law which are not currently being funded.

For more information contact:  Joseph T. Kelley, Jr., Kelley & Murphy, 1628
Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA  19103, Telephone:  267-238-1300; FAX
267-238-1300; e-mail: jkelleyjr@kmlaw.org.


SOURCE  The Law Firm of Kelley & Murphy of Philadelphia

Joseph T. Kelley, Jr., Kelley & Murphy, +1-267-238-1300, fax, +1-267-238-1300,
jkelleyjr@kmlaw.org
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