Minnesota Must Submit Statewide Olmstead Plan Following 2011 Settlement
In response to a 2011 settlement agreement over violations of the 1999 Olmstead decision requiring services to be offered in the most integrated setting possible, the State of Minnesota created an Olmstead Sub-Cabinet to produce a statewide plan for compliance with Olmstead’s community living standard. This statewide plan must address employment and six other areas, including healthcare and healthy living. The state submitted a first draft of the plan in October 2013. The Court provisionally approved the plan but has ordered the state to revise the plan several times. In the most recent revision, submitted on March 20, 2015, the State included specific goals and strategies to move individuals from center-based to integrated-supported employment consistent with the state’s Employment First policy and renegotiate their Medicaid Waiver to support this effort.