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Olmstead Sub-Cabinet

On January 28, 2013, Governor Mark Dayton issued Executive Order 13-01 which established an Olmstead Sub-Cabinet to develop and implement a comprehensive Minnesota Olmstead Plan.  On January 28, 2015, Governor Dayton issued Executive Order 15-03 which further defined the role and nature of the Olmstead Sub-Cabinet.

Olmstead Sub-Cabinet meetings are open to the public. See the Meetings page for the schedule.

Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan

Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan is a broad series of key activities our state must accomplish to ensure people with disabilities are living, learning, working, and enjoying life in the most integrated setting. The Olmstead Plan will help achieve a Better Minnesota for all Minnesotans, because it will help Minnesotans with disabilities have the opportunity, both now and in the future, to live close to their family and friends; live more independently; engage in productive employment; and participate in community life. In short, it will offer Minnesotans with disabilities opportunities just like everyone else.

On November 1, 2013, Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan was submitted to the Court for approval. The Court provisionally accepted and approved the Olmstead Plan on January 22, 2014, and ordered the State to file a revised Olmstead Plan by July 5, 2014 to the Court Monitor and by July 15, 2014 to the Court. An audio version of the November 1, 2013 Olmstead Plan is available upon request.

On July 10, 2014, the proposed modification to the Olmstead Plan as approved by the Court Monitor was filed with the Court. The Court declined to adopt the proposed modifications to the Olmstead Plan on September 18, 2014 and ordered a revised Olmstead Plan that establishes measurable goals be submitted to the Court Monitor by November 10, 2014.

On November 10, 2014 Olmstead Plan revisions were submitted to the Court Monitor. The Court provisionally approved the proposed revisions to the Olmstead Plan on January 9, 2015, subject to the Court’s review of the State’s modifications and any submissions by Plaintiff’s Counsel. The Court ordered the State to file a revised Olmstead Plan by March 20, 2015.

On March 20, 2015 the proposed modification to the Olmstead Plan was filed with the Court.

Olmstead Implementation Office

While drafting Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan, the Sub-Cabinet was keenly aware of the need for an office to assure that the commitments of the Plan; the ‘Promise of Olmstead’ would become a reality.  The Olmstead Implementation Office (OIO) works on behalf of the Sub-Cabinet to make sure that the Plan’s vision, goals and time-specific tasks are achieved. 

In order for the promise of the Olmstead Plan to become reality, the community must be involved. The Olmstead Sub-Cabinet welcomes feedback on the implementation of Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan. Please contact us to share your story with disability, or your feedback on the Plan. You can contact us by email at MNOlmsteadPlan@state.mn.us or go to the Participate page for more ways to participate.

Olmstead Implementation Office

Darlene Zangara – Executive Director (651-318-0506) Darlene.Zangara@state.mn.us

Kristin Jorenby – Assistant Director (651-297-2399) Kristin.Jorenby@state.mn.us

Naomi Rettke – Communications Manager (651-503-0948) Naomi.Rettke@state.mn.us