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Minnesota Releases 2013 Olmstead Plan to Promote Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities

December 19, 2013

On November 1, 2013, Minnesota released a plan to bring its service programs in line with the requirements of Olmstead v. L.C., a 1999 ruling by the Supreme Court which held that people with disabilities have the right to receive state-funded services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. The plan requires Minnesota to provide services that promote integrated employment of people with disabilities. People with disabilities who receive Medicaid, including people enrolled in home and communitybased services and people enrolled in Minnesota’s Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities program, will receive targeted benefits planning services to increase their ability to retain health coverage while employed. According to the plan, in January 2015 Minnesota will start providing technical assistance to segregated, sub-minimum wage employment programs in order to assist them in developing new service delivery models focused on competitive, integrated employment. By July 2015 Minnesota will begin enforcing rules capping enrollment in segregated employment programs and shifting funding to integrated employment programs.

The Minnesota Olmstead plan is available at http://dhs.state.mn.us/main/groups/olmstead/documents/pub/dhs16_180147.pdf