The N.B. v. Norwood lawsuit was filed in 2011 on behalf of Medicaid-eligible children under the age of 21 in the State of Illinois seeking certain mental and behavioral health services under the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (“EPSDT”) requirement of the Medicaid Act. On February 13, 2014, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois certified the case as a class action for the following class of individuals: “All Medicaid-eligible children under the age of 21 in the State of Illinois: (1) who have been diagnosed with a mental health or behavioral disorder; and (2) for whom a licensed practitioner of the healing arts has recommended intensive home- and community-based services to correct or ameliorate their disorders.”
On October 27, 2017, Federal Judge Jorge Alonso entered an order granting preliminary approval to a Consent Decree that would resolve the class action. The proposed Consent Decree would provide eligible Class Members the opportunity to access a continuum of Medicaid-authorized mental and behavioral health services, including home- and community-based services, that may be needed to address their mental or behavioral health disorders. Judge Alonso will conduct a fairness hearing on December 19, 2017 to determine whether the terms of the Consent Decree are fair, reasonable, adequate, and should be approved by the Court. For more information on the Consent Decree, the fairness hearing, and the rights of Class Members, please see the documents available below.
N.B. v. Norwood Documents