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Where Are We Five Years After Olmstead?

By Jennifer Mathis

Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court's Olmstead v. L.C. decision and fourteen years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, far too many individuals with disabilities remain unnecessarily institutionalized. State and federal efforts to develop community-based services for individuals with disabilities have resulted in few individuals actually moving into more integrated settings. Olmstead litigation, although complex and difficult, has enabled large numbers of individuals with disabilities to obtain needed home- and community-based services.

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