Department of Justice Releases New Information and Resources

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) launched an Olmstead web site that includes information and resources about the Olmstead case and decision, a searchable map that lists ongoing Olmstead litigation in the 12 Circuit Courts of Appeals involving DOJ, guidance for states and local governments about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) integration mandate, and information about how to file an Olmstead complaint. The site allows people to sign up for email updates concerning Olmstead. To read a press release about the new web site, go to the Department of Justice website.
DOJ also issued a new technical assistance guide for state and local governments about their obligations under the Olmstead decision and the integration mandate of Title II of the ADA. The guide includes a question and answer section related to Olmstead that answers, among other questions, “What is the most integrated setting under the ADA and Olmstead?”

On the thirteenth anniversary of the Olmstead decision, DOJ asked to intervene in a federal lawsuit filed against the state of Texas that alleges nearly 4,500 nursing home residents who have developmental disabilities do not receive proper treatment or the opportunity to transfer to places better suited for their needs. To read more about the case and DOJ’s statement of interest in the case, go to the ADA web page.

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