Aug 9, 2015 11:54 AM

Leadership to change at Disability Rights Center of NH

The Associated Press

CONCORD — The Disability Rights Center is changing leadership next month.

Richard Cohen, executive director, is retiring after a 43-year legal career. He was a lead attorney in Garrity vs. Gallen, a case that that helped expose the abuse and neglect that led to the closing of the Laconia State School in 1991.

Amy Messer, current legal director of the center, has been chosen to succeed Cohen. She has been with the center since 1999 and was the lead attorney in a lawsuit that said the state needlessly confined people in mental wards or hospitals because it lacked community treatment options.

The Disability Rights Center sued in 2012; a settlement was reached two years later that required the state to expand services.


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