The Olmstead decision has forced a much more systematic analysis of federal and state policies and actions in support of community options. On December 21, 2001, United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson submitted to President Bush the first report of agency efforts to meet Executive Order 13217, entitled Delivering on the Promise: Preliminary Report of Federal Agencies' Actions to Eliminate Barriers and Promote Community Integration. This report describes the actions federal agencies propose to take in key areas, including employment.

Individuals working in the community
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