On the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Olmstead Decision, the Minnesota Council on Disability celebrates the progress made in civil rights for people with disabilities. We honor the plaintiffs of Olmstead v. LC, Louis Curtis and Elaine Wilson, who had mental health disabilities and demanded equality under the law and the freedom to choose.
On June 22, 1999, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg delivered what has become known as the “Olmstead Decision”. The Supreme Court held that people with disabilities have a qualified right to live in the community of their choosing and that states must eliminate the unnecessary segregation of persons with disabilities.
The Olmstead Community Engagement Workgroup seeks new members from throughout the state. We will accept applications through April 9. This year, the workgroup will create strategies and activities to implement the Olmstead Community Engagement Plan, making sure that engagement practices are person-centered, accessible, inclusive, transparent and equitable for diverse communities.
As another year of the Olmstead Plan’s implementation comes to a close, people with disabilities, their families, and the general public across Minnesota are invited to comment on proposed amendments to specific goals and strategies in the Plan.
The Olmstead Implementation Office along with MCD present a Public Listening Session on the Olmstead Plan. People with disabilities, their family, guardians, providers, stakeholders, and the general public are welcome to come and give public comment on the Plan and drafted amendments for 2018.
On October 22, the Olmstead Planning Committee issued its report titled “The Promise of Olmstead: Recommendations of the Olmstead Planning Committee.” On December 1, 2011, the Jensen Lawsuit (METO) was settled in Judge Donovan Frank’s federal district court. One of the stipulations of the settlement was that the state of Minnesota needed to write an Olmstead Plan that would address how Minnesota was going to address the desires of individuals with disabilities living in institutions to live in the community.