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Suit targets Discovery Academy

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The Disability Law Center has filed a federal lawsuit against Provo-based Discovery Academy in an attempt to gain better access to records for an investigation into abuse allegations.

The suit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court, asks for patient records surrounding a 2005 complaint against the academy. The DLC claims in the suit that it is the federally mandated agency designated to protect disabled people in Utah.

Discovery Academy has refused attempts by the DLC to access the records because it claims that, because it does not treat youths with disabilities, the DLC has no legal authority. Discovery Academy is a youth residential treatment facility.