Olmstead Does Not Support Deinstitutionalization
State officials and legislators often hear that Olmstead requires community placements. Such interpretation is not accurate.
In actuality, the Supreme Court, in its landmark Olmstead v. L.C. ruling, embraced the need for a range of services to respond to the varied and unique needs of the entire disability community: “We emphasize that nothing in the ADA or its implementing regulations condones termination of institutional settings for persons unable to handle or benefit from community settings...Nor is there any federal requirement that community-based treatment be imposed on patients who do not desire it.” 119 S. Ct. 2176, 2187 (1999).