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About the Olmstead Plan

History of Minnesota’s Olmstead Subcabinet

In December of 2011, the Department of Human Services (the Department) and the Plaintiffs in the Jensen et al v. Minnesota Department of Human Services, et al. Court File No. 09-cv-1775 entered into a settlement agreement that requires the development of a Minnesota Olmstead Plan.

In 2012, Minnesota’s Olmstead Planning Committee was formed and included individuals with disabilities, family members, providers, advocates and senior decision-makers from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and they made recommendations to the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services. On October 23, 2012, Minnesota's Olmstead Planning Committee presented a report to DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. The report included recommendations to ensure that Minnesotans with disabilities have choices about where they live and are served in community settings more suitable to their needs and desires. One of the Committee’s recommendations asked “that the Governor establish an Olmstead Sub-Cabinet to ensure the most efficient and effective inter-agency coordination, planning and implementation of an Olmstead Plan.”

In January 2013, Governor Mark Dayton issued an Executive Order establishing a Sub-Cabinet to develop and implement a comprehensive plan supporting freedom of choice and opportunity for people with disabilities. The original Olmstead Plan Sub-Cabinet, was chaired by Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon, and included the Commissioners or Commissioner’s designee from the following State agencies: Department of Human Services; Minnesota Housing Finance Agency; Department of Employment and Economic Development; Department of Transportation; Department of Corrections; Department of Health; Department of Human Rights; and Department of Education. Representatives from the Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities are ex officio members of the Sub-Cabinet.

In January 2015, Governor Mark Dayton issued an Executive Order which further defined the role and nature of the Olmstead Subcabinet.

History of the Olmstead Plan and Role of the Court

On August 10, 2015, Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan was submitted to the Court for approval. On September 29, 2015, the Court approved the Plan. Two topic areas remained under development when the Court approved the Olmstead Plan - Assistive Technology and Preventing Abuse and Neglect. The approved Olmstead Plan, stated that these topic areas would be developed during the first year of implementation of Plan and would be included in the Plan as amendments. The June 1, 2016 Amendment incorporates the proposed goals for these two topic areas. On June 21, 2016, the Court approved the June 1, 2016 Update to the Plan.

Since November 1, 2013, there have been previous drafts of the Plan submitted to the Court. The previous drafts of the Plan and related documents are available on the Archive page.