A federal judge ruled Tuesday that adults with mental illnesses who were placed in group homes in New York City were discriminated against. The nonprofit group Disability Advocates brought the suit, alleging that group homes housing about 4,300 people in the city were essentially institutions. Although state officials argued the group homes were open and situated in communities, the judge said residents were segregated from the rest of the community. He ordered the state to submit a "remedial plan" by mid-October.

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