On June 22, 1999, the Supreme Court made one of the most important civil rights decisions for people with disabilities in our nation’s history. The Olmstead Decision found the unjustified segregation of people with disabilities to be a form of unlawful discrimination and a violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Today we celebrate the 23rd anniversary this pivotal milestone for community living.
Olmstead v. L.C. was brought to court by Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson. Both were receiving mental health services in a state-run facility, despite medical professionals agreeing that they were capable of living in the community with appropriate supports. The Court used sections of the ADA and federal regulations that require states to administer their services, programs and activities “in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of qualified individuals with disabilities” to determine its ruling.
Olmstead affirmed that public entities must provide community-based service options to individuals with disabilities when such services are appropriate, the person does not oppose living in the community, and the placement can be reasonably accommodating, taking into account the available state resources and the needs of others who are receiving disability services.
Consumer Direct Care Network is proud to provide the services and supports which help individuals with disabilities remain in their homes and community. On this anniversary, we thank Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson for their efforts in advancing community living options.