Olmstead: Community Integration for Every New Yorker

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In its 1999 Olmstead v. L.C. decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states, in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), have an obligation to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has made serving individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting a top priority. New York State has developed a comprehensive Olmstead Implementation Plan that will address integrated housing, employment, transportation, community services and other important issues. New York's Olmstead Implementation Plan affirms the state’s position as a national leader on disability rights.

The Plan

Key Strategies

The Olmstead Cabinet, in collaboration with state agencies and stakeholders, sought to identify strategies to assist people with disabilities to transition from segregated settings to community-based settings.

Measuring Success

The Olmstead Cabinet examined the methods by which the state agencies providing services to people with disabilities understand the needs and choices of the people they serve and how those agencies measure whether those needs and choices are being met in the most integrated setting.

Transforming Lives

The Olmstead mandate addresses not only the movement of people with disabilities from segregated to community-based settings, but also the ability of those people to lead integrated lives. Therefore, the Olmstead Cabinet’s review sought to identify how New York can further support the integration of people with disabilities in their communities and worked with state agencies to develop policies that would improve community integration.

About Olmstead

Meetings & Resources

Find more information about Olmstead and details of upcoming MISCC meetings. 

Success Stories

Hear from people positively affected by the implementation of New York’s Olmstead Plan.