By The Associated Press

Arizona has reached an interim settlement with plaintiffs in a decades-old court case over adequacy of Arizona's community-based services for the seriously mentally ill.

Gov. Jan Brewer and a lawyer for the class-action plaintiffs were among those who signed the agreement at the Capitol on Thursday.

Officials and advocates say the two-year agreement spells out medical, employment, housing and other services that will be provided.

Those services are intended to enable thousands of seriously mentally ill people to live in their communities instead of being institutionalized.

The court case has been paused for two years due to the state's now-eased budget crisis.