What is an Olmstead Plan?
Olmstead Plan gets its name from a 1999 United States Supreme Court decision. In Olmstead v. L.C., the State of Georgia was sued for unnecessarily institutionalizing people with intellectual disabilities. The court ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) require states to provide services to people with disabilities in the “most integrated settings” appropriate to their needs. Writing an Olmstead Plan is the way a State document what needs to happen – and when it will happen – to achieve this goal.