Minnesota's Olmstead Plan: Fulfilling the Promise of the ADA

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Minnesota's Olmstead Plan: Fulfilling the Promise of the ADA

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Video on Demand: Recording of the training (in three parts) presented at William Mitchell College of Law on Friday, April 25, 2014.

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Pamela Hoopes, Legal Director - Minnesota Disability Law Center
Roberta Opheim, Ex Officio member of the Olmstead Sub-Cabinet - State Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Chris Bell, retired lawyer and former Chair of the Olmstead Planning Committee


The Olmstead Plan gets its name from a 1999 United States Supreme Court decision. In Olmstead v. L.C., the State of Georgia was sued for unnecessarily institutionalizing people with intellectual disabilities. The court ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) require states to provide services to people with disabilities in the “most integrated settings,” appropriate to their needs. A state's Olmstead Plan is how the state documents how and when it will achieve this goal.

In this training, attendees will learn the background of the plan and how it affects our work as legal services and pro bono attorneys serving clients with disabilities. The trainers will discuss the integration mandate, the employment first policy, the plan to put in place an Olmstead compliance office, the role of the Olmstead sub-cabinet going forward and how attorneys can use Olmstead-type claims to advocate for their clients. The trainers will also talk about the tension between integration and the choice to remain in a less integrated environment.


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