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DOJ Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Olmstead Supreme Court Decision

June 21, 2019

Twenty years ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court in Olmstead v. L.C. determined that the confinement of people with disabilities in institutions who are otherwise eligible for community-based programs violates the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The result was that people with disabilities who can handle and benefit from community settings now have the right to live in the community.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has enforcement authority over the ADA and takes an active role in enforcing Olmstead as seen in a recent settlement agreement with the State of West Virginia. For more information, visit the DOJ website on Olmstead enforcement efforts.