The METO Settlement
Steve Larson: What is an Olmstead Plan?
Steve Larson: The other parts of the Settlement Agreement that are extremely important to the community is the development of an Olmstead Plan. And Olmstead refers to a Supreme Court decision made in the late 1990s—US Supreme Court decision—that said if a person is living in an institution, they have a right to live in the community.
And so Minnesota had been a leader in getting people into the community, but at this point in time without an Olmstead Plan, we don't think that we're getting people out of institutions. These would be individuals with disabilities 65 and under that are living in nursing homes. There are still 2000 thousand of them. There are some other institutional placements for people with a mental illness diagnosis. We think Minnesota should have a comprehensive plan. The Settlement Agreement calls for a compressive plan, and that's called the Olmstead Plan.