What is an Olmstead Plan?
Olmstead Plans are named after the 1999 US Supreme Court decision, Olmstead v. L. C., an Americans with Disabilities Act (Title II) case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states should eliminate unnecessary segregation of persons with disabilities and ensure that persons with disabilities receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. In addition, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the unjustified institutional isolation of people with disabilities was a form of unlawful discrimination, the U.S. Department of Justice ruled.
An Olmstead Plan is a way for a government entity to document its plans and timing to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to the individual.
Minnesota's Olmstead Plan approved
Minnesota's Olmstead Plan is based on an overall goal: that Minnesota will be a place where people with disabilities are living, learning, working, and enjoying life in the most integrated setting. The plan articulates its goals in the following broad topic areas: employment, housing, transportation, supports and services, lifelong learning and education, healthcare and healthy living, and community engagement.
Minnesota's Olmstead Plan became official on September 29, 2015, the Court approved Minnesota's August 2015 Olmstead Plan.
You can read the full plan on the Minnesota Olmstead Plan website.
Minnesota Olmstead Subcabinet
On January 28, 2015, Governor Dayton issued Executive Order 15-03 which further defined the role and nature of the Olmstead Subcabinet. On March 10, 2015, the Subcabinet approved the Olmstead Subcabinet Procedures. The Subcabinet Procedures were revised on January 25, 2016 and March 27, 2017.
Minnesota Olmstead Subcabinet Members
- Department of Human Services
- Minnesota Housing Finance Agency
- Department of Employment and Economic Development
- Department of Transportation
- Department of Corrections
- Department of Health
- Department of Human Rights
- Department of Education
The Subcabinet is chaired by Commissioner Mary Tingerthal. Representatives from the Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Governor"s Council on Developmental Disabilities are ex officio members of the Subcabinet.