Three-Year Olmstead V L.C. Progress Report
It has been three years since the Supreme Court issued its decision in Olmstead v L.C., 119 S.Ct. 2176 (1999). As in past years, NAPAS has attempted to measure progress toward compliance with the decision. In the past we have measured state efforts to comply. This year, however, the NAPAS Progress Report focuses on federal efforts to assist states in complying with the Olmstead v. L.C. decision. The second half of this report, similar to progress reports in past years, identifies some promising state and advocacy efforts.
Much of the federal governments effort's to assist states in implementing the Olmstead decision has come in the form of grants available to states on a competitive basis. The importance of these federal grants can not be understated since many states appear to be limiting their Olmstead implementation efforts to only those activities funded by these grants. For this reason, disability advocates must carefully monitor how the grants are being implemented and whether the states' stated goals are being achieved.
Unfortunately, the details about these federal grants are not well known by disability advocates. In fact, a common thread running through all of our research compiling this report was a lack of awareness of and coordination between Olmstead implementation initiatives at both the federal and state level. Hopefully, this progress report will clarify the opportunities, as well as limitations, created by these federal grants; armed with this information, advocates can seek additional federal assistance for unmet needs in the future. (NAPAS)
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