How Far To Olmstead Compliance?
St. Paul, Minnesota
Minnesota's Tortuous Route to "Precision and Measurable Goals"
"In a blunt ruling issued Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank said the state's revised blueprint — known as an Olmstead plan -- failed to meet his earlier demands for precision and measurable goals. The 158-page plan, nearly three years in the making and crafted with input from eight state agencies, has been revised three times without passing court muster.
"The decision is an embarrassing setback for Gov. Mark Dayton's administration and could delay efforts to improve access to community-based jobs and housing for thousands of Minnesotans with disabilities and mental illnesses."
"This order is a wake-up call," said Roberta Opheim, the State Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. "How long will [the state] continue to get by with noncompliance before the court requires them to pay a price?"
The above is a news article written prior to Minnesota's landmark Court-Approved Olmstead Plan with Measurable Goals.
There's a lot of education that needs to be done around these issues.
One way or another we want to get to specific measurable or numeric goals and reasonable plans to bring housing and services to scale to meet the needs of people with disabilities who are institutionalized or at great risk of institutionalization such as homelessness.