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Kaiser Issues Brief on Olmstead's Role in Community Integration for People with Disabilities

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Kaiser Issues Brief on Olmstead's Role in Community Integration for People with Disabilities

July 7, 2014
The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured recently issued a brief titled, "Olmstead’s Role in Community Integration for People with Disabilities Under Medicaid: 15 Years After the Supreme Court’s Olmstead Decision". Timed to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the case Olmstead v. L.C., the brief "examines the legacy of Olmstead, with an emphasis on legal case developments and policy trends emerging in the last five years and the related contributions of the Medicaid program."
 
The brief gives background on the case, and then looks at the relationship between the Olmstead community integration mandate and Medicaid. It outlines trends in the field, including the movement away from institutions and towards home and community based services. It provides summaries of several cases that were brought after Olmstead that have resulted in deinstitutionalization for people with disabilities. The brief also looks Medicaid's role in supporting the employment of people with disabilities. 
 
The brief concludes by noting the progress that has come about in the 15 years since the Olmstead decision, and looking forward to continued work by states, federal agencies, and stakeholders to strengthen the Americans with Disabilities Act's (ADA's) promise of community integration.