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Community Integration of Individuals with Disabilities

An Update on Olmstead Implementation

By Jennifer Mathis

In 1999 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that unnecessary institutionalization of people with disabilities is a form of discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Lower courts now are defining the boundaries of the integration mandate in Olmstead v. L.C. and ruling on various nonmerit defenses commonly raised. Meanwhile states are taking preliminary steps to implement the mandate.

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