- Capitol People First v. Department of Developmental Services (2006)
DREDF joined with other disability rights organizations to file an amicus brief supporting in People First, a California state court case. The appeal challenged the class cert denial, which was based on the trial court’s reasoning that the class action vehicle is inappropriate when the class members seek individualized assessment. On September 25, 2007, the First District Appellate Court reversed the state court order denying certification of the class action, and remanded the case with directions to enter an order granting certification. People First is a class action on behalf of Californians with developmental disabilities who are or will be institutionalized or at risk of being institutionalized in public or private facilities. The case is aimed at ensuring that all class members receive appropriate assessments, as a preface to community placement options.