Nebraska's Olmstead Plan is a roadmap to a strong state where we can all live and work in our communities. The Olmstead Vision is “People with disabilities are living, learning, working, and enjoying life in the most integrated setting." You can read the Nebraska Olmstead Plan. If you have questions about Olmstead, or would like to comment on the plan, you can send an email to the Olmstead mailbox: DHHS.NEOlmstead@nebraska.gov.
A progress report will be given to the Legislature and Governor by December 15, 2021.
The “Olmstead Plan" is named after a United States Supreme Court case.
In October, focus groups will be meeting to share input about progress, challenges, and recommendations for Nebraska's updated plan. Information gathered will be used for the progress report due in December.
Olmstead v. L.C. the Supreme Court ruled people with disabilities have a right to lives of inclusion and integration. Disability is a normal part of life and we all benefit from communities made up of diverse people, life experiences, and abilities.
The Olmstead Case centered on two women, Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson. Both had disabilities and experienced going in and out of state run hospitals. Their doctors believed they could safely live in the community. Every time they left the hospital, they would go home without support and end up back in a hospital. They asked the State of Georgia to give them the help they needed to integrate into their communities and stop going into hospitals.
The Supreme Court agreed with Lois and Elaine. The Court ruled they should have the supports needed to live in their homes and communities. The court required states to provide services in the community to people with disabilities when:
Nebraska's Olmstead Plan reflects the following fundamental beliefs in supporting individuals with disabilities. Nebraska is committed to:
In addition to these Core Values, the following Guiding Principles serve as a foundation for Nebraska's Olmstead Plan:
Nebraska's vision is for all individuals with disabilities to live, learn, work, and enjoy life in the most integrated setting of their choosing. This Plan sets forth the following goals in order to achieve this vision.