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In December of 2011, the Department of Human Services (the Department) and the Plaintiffs in the Jensen et al v. Minnesota Department of Human Services, et al. Court File No. 09-cv-1775 entered into a settlement agreement that requires the development of a Minnesota Olmstead Plan.
In 2012, Minnesota’s Olmstead Planning Committee was formed and included individuals with disabilities, family members, providers, advocates and senior decision-makers from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and they made recommendations to the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services. Members of the Minnesota Olmstead Planning Committee were either appointed as part of the Jensen Settlement Agreement or by mutual agreement between the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Plaintiffs, from a diverse pool of interested persons from around the state, through a public application process.
Minnesota Olmstead Planning Committee members were not paid for their service. All members shared the belief that inclusion in community life isn’t just good for people with disabilities, it’s good for everyone. The Minnesota Olmstead Planning Committee discussed public programs to see what works, what doesn’t work, and how to fix the parts that don’t work. On October 23, 2012, Minnesota’s Olmstead Planning Committee presented a report to DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. The report included recommendations to ensure that Minnesotans with disabilities have choices about where they live and are served in community settings more suitable to their needs and desires.
One of the Committee’s recommendations asked “that the Governor establish an Olmstead Sub-Cabinet to ensure the most efficient and effective inter-agency coordination, planning and implementation of an Olmstead Plan.”
In January 2013, Governor Mark Dayton issued an Executive Order establishing a Sub-Cabinet to develop and implement a comprehensive plan supporting freedom of choice and opportunity for people with disabilities. The Olmstead Plan Sub-Cabinet, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon, includes the Commissioners or Commissioner’s designee from the following State agencies: Department of Human Services; Minnesota Housing Finance Agency; Department of Employment and Economic Development; Department of Transportation; Department of Corrections; Department of Health; Department of Human Rights; and Department of Education. Representatives from the Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities are ex officio members of the Sub-Cabinet.
The Sub-Cabinet will evaluate policies, programs, statutes and regulations of state agencies against the standards set forth in the Olmstead decision to determine whether any should be revised or modified or require legislative action in an effort to improve the availability of community-based services for people with disabilities. The Sub-Cabinet will seek input from consumers, families of consumers, advocacy organizations, service providers and others.
Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan is available on the Documents page.