June 22 marked the 14th anniversary of the Olmstead v. L.C. decision, in which the Supreme court said the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requries people with disabilities be served in the least restrictive, most integrated settings appropriate. Since the decision, the Olmstead doctrine has been applied to everything from education to housing to employment. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a statement affirming her department's work to "aggressively" support the right of people to live in a home and community of their choosing. she said HHS is "identifying and implementing innovative policies and partnerships that advance the principles of community living and expand the delivery of home and community-based services and supports."
She highlighted the creation of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), $98 million in funding for state housing agencies, and the Money Follows the Person (MFP) and Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as significant efforts HHS is currently undertaking to support home and community based services.