How would you like to spend the rest of your
life in a nursing home or other institution?
Neither would we.
Let's do something about it NOW.
to change the system.
WANTED: Advocates with
an appetite for victory.
up to be part of our team of advocates across
See how we freed our people in Missouri:
Missouri Plan that worked
Missouri Law that was its result
Now Missouri says:
not poor enough --
get thee to a nursing home."
Or build your own plan using our Blueprint
Browse this site to learn more about how
people can stay in their own homes
and out of nursing homes and other institutions.
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by Lucy Gwin
editor, Mouth Magazine
find out what your State says it's doing
to implement Olmstead, go to http://www.ncsl.org/programs/health/forum/olmsappb.htm,
click on your State.
underutilized Personal Care Option
(as explained by Steve Gold).
Laguna Honda Campaign
21, 2003. MiCASSA EVENT Details
Storms DC, White House
Bush issues Olmstead Executive Order.
CILs step up Olmstead support with training
and information. Contact Sharon Finney
phone: 713-520-0232, TTY: 713-520-5136, Fax: 713-520-5785.
The State's Response to the OLMSTEAD decision.
A compelling study
finds that people with disabilities who live
in nursing homes often face daunting barriers to living independently
again. The study, from Access Living of Chicago and Loyola University's
Center for Urban Research and Learning, also finds
that a majority of nursing home inmates would live elsewhere if they
could. The link above will take you to the study, a 15-page pdf
file you can print out in just a few minutes. We'd use it as AMMO in
talks with state agencies. It's respectable, reasonable, and only as
radical as the Olmstead decision itself.
July 27, 2000:
& HCFA/OCR letters to State Medicaid Directors: Olmstead
Update No 2, Olmstead
Update No 3 . January 13, 2000: Olmstead Update
No.4 and Olmstead Update
FROM THE STATES:
Dimenet Hot News Network
NAPAS report on State's progress implementing
NEW YORK TIMES: 'Government Edict'
TO STATES: 'IMPLEMENT LAW.'
More Freedom Clearinghouse updates
BLUEPRINT for a State Plan to implement Olmstead
to Negotiate Effectively with State Officials
Forms you can use to get people out of institutions
Court challenges after Olmstead
Theories Behind State Challenges to Constitutionality of
Title II of the ADA (and Section 504)
New from HCFA [Jan 24, 2001]:Understanding Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services:
Change Grants for Community Living.
Analysis of Olmstead Complaints: Implications for Policy and Long-Term
Planning. This is a 7-page file in PDF format.
and Nursing Homes - Information
Bulletin #25. From
MORE . . .
" Somebody else controls your life, as if you're a child. But they
do things with you that we wouldn't do to kids," says Dohn Hoyle of
the Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy
Lois Curtis, Elaine Wilson: faces of freedom
Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson fought the state
of Georgia all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Georgia made them go
into an institution to get the daily services they needed. The Supreme
Court said, "That's segregation."
In its June, 1999 decision, Olmstead v. L.C. & E.W.,the
Court said that Americans can no longer be forced into nursing homes
or other institutions without good reason. Because of that decision,
states must let us use our Medicaid dollars for the assistance we need
to stay in our own homes, in our own communities.
people who need help live outside an institution?
Why don't we hear much about "consumer control?"
will resist our efforts?
What's happening in California?