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Olmstead and Community Integration

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is aggressively pursuing the enforcement of the Supreme Court Olmstead decision to assure individuals with disabilities receive supports in the most integrated setting possible. Over 20 states are under some form of DOJ settlement agreement requiring states to close or dramatically reduce the census in state institutions, psychiatric hospitals, and segregated community settings. Notable recent settlement agreements targeted state operated facilities in Georgia and Virginia, and included important provisions to provide address waiting lists for waiver services.

In addition, the familiar target of state-operated institutions has expanded to sheltered workshops, nursing facilities and other privately operated facilities. As of October 2012, the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice has been involved in forty matters in over twenty five states.

ANCOR tracks these legal developments, and provides membership with legal analysis and access to court documents, fact sheets and media coverage.