Center files lawsuit to stop Legislature's Raid of Foreclosure Crisis Trust Fund
On May 24, 2012, the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, along with the Morris Institute of Justice, filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court seeking to stop the legislature's raid on the Court Ordered Trust Fund established to benefit Arizona homeowners as part of the National Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement.
Agreement Reached in Mental Health Care Case
At a press conference on May 17, 2012, Governor Jan Brewer announced a proposed Agreement in the Arnold v. Sarn case regarding State-supported care and services for individuals with Serious Mental Illness. The agreement, which must be approved by the Court, would last two years. During that time, the State and plaintiffs will build upon the accepted framework for services and recovery.“Persons with Serious Mental Illness and their families suffered significant cuts in necessary services during the State’s recent economic downturn,” said Center attorney Anne Ronan, who represents the plaintiffs in this case. “This agreement is a significant step to restoring critical community-based services designed to promote class members’ recovery and their integration in the community.” The Court has scheduled a hearing for June 14, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. to determine whether the Agreement is fair and reasonable.