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NV's Aging & Disability Services Works on New Olmstead Plan

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Tuesday, June 13, 2023   

The Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division is working on a new Olmstead Plan in the Silver State, which mandates that public entities ensure people with disabilities are given the opportunity to live in integrated settings. The name is from the 1999 U.S. Supreme Court Olmstead decision, which found people with disabilities have the right to receive state-funded services and support in their communities, rather than in institutions.

Julie Weissman, chair of the Nevada Statewide Independent Living Council, is part of the disability community, and is on the steering committee that is helping to write the new plan. She said they conducted a survey in Nevada to see how much people knew about Olmstead.

"The shocking thing to me was that the majority of the people we interviewed either had no knowledge of Olmstead or a real misinterpretation," she said.

Weissman added if more people knew what Olmstead entailed, more people could, in her words, "act with power," and understand they're within their right to make more demands from the state for more integrated services.

Nevada's Aging and Disability Services Division is working with Social Entrepreneurs, Inc., to establish the new plan, partering with the committee to use data and engage stakeholders to identify the best and most effective ways to support Nevadans with disabilities. Weissman said the Nevada Statewide Independent Living Council is trying to fill in the gaps of knowledge surrounding the Olmstead law, and wants people to feel more empowered.

"Our role is to give people the most information possible, so they can become effective advocates," she added.

According to the timeline, there are still many steps to get through, but the aim is to finalize the Olmstead Plan and have it distributed to the state's Aging and Disability Services Division and the steering committee by this November.

Disclosure: Nevada Statewide Independent Living Council contributes to our fund for reporting on Disabilities, Poverty Issues, Social Justice. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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