The ACLU says Steimel has cerebral palsy and other medical needs. The lawsuit says changes in programs run by the Family and Social Services Administration that help disabled people live independently have significantly reduced her benefits and forced her to be institutionalized.
One program now requires clients to need skilled nursing care. The ACLU says Steimel doesn't meet those criteria, but needs daily assistance with functions like eating and bathing.
An FSSA spokeswoman says the agency has no comment.