Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan Approved by the United States District Court

The newly approved comprehensive plan recognizes that Minnesotans with disabilities want the chance to make informed choices about their lives and the opportunity to live in the most integrated setting they choose. It calls for expanding integrated housing, employment, and education options that will result in greater inclusion of people with disabilities in our communities. It also honors decisions of people with disabilities who may choose options that are not integrated.

 In his ruling, Judge Frank wrote, “The Court applauds the parties for their collaboration in developing this landmark Olmstead Plan. Simply put, this revision of the Olmstead Plan is unlike any other version submitted to the Court. The Court fully expects the State to act on its promises to ensure that the Olmstead Plan will truly put the promise of Olmstead into practice across the state.”

 “I thank the Court for approving Minnesota’s plan,” said Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. “We will continue to work hard to improve life opportunities for Minnesotans with disabilities.” “Judge Frank’s decision is a step towards helping Minnesotans with disabilities enjoy the full range of options available. Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan will help ensure all people have a voice in the decisions that ultimately determine their quality of life,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith. “We still have more work to do and that’s what the implementation of this plan is focused on doing.”

Next steps for the implementation of Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan will include public reports on the progress toward measurable goals, allowing the public to monitor the plan. The Olmstead Subcabinet will submit work plans by October 10, 2015 and the court will review and approve implementation of the plan based on recommendations from US Magistrate Judge Becky R. Thorson. 

FMI:  Read the full plan “Putting the Promise of Olmstead into Practice: Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan” here.

Read the measureable goals at a glance document here Olmstead Plan Measurable Goals at a Glance.