We urge you to support maintaining a range of real living options for people with developmental disabilities in Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan.
Having the Right to Choose
Laura Baker Services Association continues to monitor and respond to Minnesota’s draft Olmstead Plan and will let you know how and when your input is most needed. In the case Olmstead v. L.C., the Supreme Court ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires states to stop automatically institutionalizing people with disabilities and instead to provide services to them in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs and wishes. Writing an Olmstead Plan is the way a state demonstrates how it intends to achieve this goal. Minnesota’s plan is still being developed and revised.
One Size Does Not Fit All
Laura Baker Services fully supports people with disabilities living integrated lives of their choosing. We fully support easy access to the services and supports that allow people to live the lives they choose. We fully support people being able to access the right amount of structure and support to successfully engage with the world. We affirm the need both to support the individual’s choice of living situation and to ensure that a variety of such choices remain available. Living in an integrated setting does not mean an individual is integrated in the community, or has friends. A house in a neighborhood does not guarantee someone is a part of the community. We need to use resources in ways that are least restrictive, cost effective, and most appropriate to the individual. One size does not fit all. We must stop developing one-size-fits-all solutions. Our plan must be a plan for all Minnesotans, including those with the most significant needs. At LBSA, we work to support the important stance that people with disabilities deserve to have access to affordable and adequate housing choices.Our Housing Stance
The Importance of Choice in Housing
- 70% of people with disabilities, 850,000 people nationwide, live with family members who are over age 65.
- In 2010, 3,243 people in Minnesota reported that they were waiting for residential services in the next 12 months. This number is estimated to be 115,059 across the U.S. (Source: National Residential Information Systems Project)