Our Hero Florida Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren
Olmstead Provides the Means to Solve Homelessness & Criminialization of People with Mental Illness as a Matter of Law
"Moreover, the Olmstead decision and its enforcement has been translated by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division into a consumer friendly guide of frequently asked questions.
"A document, which if utilized and embraced has the potential to raise awareness and usher in a new paradigm of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A paradigm where human services, mental health and public health treatment and service planning and implementation takes on a new energy and urgency.
"Where solving vexing social and population health problems can such as, homelessness and the criminalization of people with mental illness and substance use disorders becomes more than aspirational policy goals - cultural change can become activated and achieved, as a matter of law. (See,Bazelon Center, A Place of My Own-How the ADA is Creating Housing Opportunities for People with Mental Illnesses)."