The Supreme Court case of Olmstead v. L.C. was decided fifteen years ago this week. The Court held that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that states provide services to individuals in the most integrated, least restrictive settings appropriate. The Obama administration posted a blog in which it affirms its commitment to community living on the anniversary of Olmstead. In the blog post, the White House highlights measures it has put in place to help improve the lives of people with disabilities, including establishing the Administration for Community Living (ACL), and promoting collaboration between federal agencies including the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ). The post includes stories of people who successfully transitioned into or remained in the community because of federal policies in place to support them.
The administration reiterated its support for community living, and emphasized the need to expand the application of the Olmstead doctrine to services beyond housing and services and supports, including employment.