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2009: "The Year of Community Living"

In 2009, a decade after the Olmstead v. L.C. decision came down, the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice launched an aggressive effort to enforce the Supreme Court's decision, which held that states must eliminate unnecessary segregation of persons with disabilities and ensure that persons with disabilities receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.

President Obama issued a proclamation launching the "Year of Community Living," and directed the Administration to redouble enforcement efforts.

The Civil Rights Division responded by working with state and local government officials, disability rights groups and attorneys around the country, and with representatives of the Department of Health and Human Services, to fashion an effective, nationwide program to enforce the integration mandate of the Department's regulation implementing Title II of the ADA.

The gradual impact of the Olmstead decision grew faster after this, but still, fifteen years after Olmstead, no state could credibly make the case that it was fully in compliance with Olmstead. See the Olmstead Rights website, under "From Olmstead to Present."