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Olmstead and Community Integration

In 1999, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Olmstead v. L.C., that individuals with disablities must be services in the most integrated, least restrictive settings appropriate. The Department of Justice (DOJ) puruses the enforcement of the Olmstead decision to assure individuals with disabilities receive supports in the most integrated setting possible. There are Olmstead enforcement activities occuring throughout the country, and more than 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. 

In addition, the familiar target of state-operated institutions has expanded to sheltered workshops, nursing facilities and other privately operated facilities. As of July 2017, the Department of Justice has been involved in dozens of matters in more than half of the states.

ANCOR tracks these legal developments, and provides membership with legal analysis and access to court documents, fact sheets and media coverage. To see the latest briefs, complaints, letters of findings, and settlement agreements, visit The Department of Justice's Olmstead Enforcement page