[Hpn] Comments Wanted on Community Services/Olmstead Implementation

Morgan W. Brown morganbrown@hotmail.com
Mon, 30 Jul 2001 11:32:39 -0400


Below is a forward of a message which may be of interest to you and others 
whom you know.

However, the below should not be taken as intended as only being about 
people with disabilities who are being kept in so-called "brick-and-mortar" 
or "wood-and-stick" institutions in one form or another, but also about 
those who are forced to be on the streets-(in one form or another) as well: 
i.e, people with disabilities who are homeless.

The fact is that the streets are dumping grounds of institutional use these 
days as well -- as they were in days of old actually too; or people 
otherwise end up on the "street" because they simply do not want to end up 
"living" in the other types of institutions wherever they are or what type 
they are.

Without the housing needed to live independently in the community as they 
may choose, where are people with disabilities - who lack housing -supposed 
to live?

Providing accessible, affordable, safe and decent housing will help in 
accommodating and integrating people with disabilities to live in true 
inclusive community settings. This is also a major part of the 
community-based supports that are needed as well.


"WE WANT *HOUSING* NOW!" -- *REAL HOUSING, NOT JUST ANOTHER INSTITUTION*


Morgan <morganbrown@hotmail.com>
Morgan W. Brown
Montpelier Vermont

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On: Monday, July 30, 2001 at 10:43:48 -0400
Paolo Delvecchio <PDelvecc@samhsa.gov> sent:

Comments Wanted on Community Services/Olmstead Implementation


fyi and possible action.

-pdv
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        U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

July 27, 2001

Dear Colleagues, Citizens, Tribal Leaders and All Interested Parties:

President Bush's Executive Order 13217 on Community-Based Alternatives for 
Individuals with Disabilities provides an historic opportunity to enable 
people of any age who have a disability to live and participate in their 
communities. This is an issue about which I feel strongly, and I am honored 
and pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services has been 
designated to coordinate federal agency activity under the Order. The 
purpose of this letter is to invite you to become involved with this federal 
initiative to take full advantage of the
opportunity that the President has created.

The President's Executive Order, issued on June 18, 2001, exemplifies the 
administration=s commitment to a federal role that fully advances the 
ability of all people with disabilities to live and participate in their 
communities. The Order calls for the swift implementation of the Supreme 
Court's Olmstead decision that holds that unjustified isolation or 
segregation of qualified individuals through institutionalization is a form 
of disability-based discrimination prohibited by Title II of the ADA. The 
Order directs the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human 
Services, the Department of Education, the Department of Labor, the 
Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Social Security 
Administration to provide assistance and to work cooperatively with states 
to achieve the goals of Title II of the ADA. These six key agencies are 
directed to ensure that existing federal resources are used in the most 
effective manner to support the goals of
the ADA.

The President's Order also directs these six key federal agencies to 
"evaluate the policies, programs, statutes, and regulations of their 
respective agencies to determine whether any should be revised or modified 
to improve the availability of community-based services for qualified 
individuals with disabilities." This review is to be
completed by October 16, 2001.

Public input from consumers, advocacy organizations, providers and other 
relevant agencies is an important part of this evaluation effort. I invite 
your written comments on both the barriers to community living, as well as 
potential solutions, by August 27, 2001. The enclosed notice provides more 
details.

I look forward to your ideas. With your help we can offer the President a 
review of federal policy that can lead to significant improvements in the 
lives of so many of our fellow citizens.

Sincerely,

/s/

Tommy G. Thompson

Enclosure
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[Federal Register: July 27, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 145)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Office of the Secretary


Community-Based Alternatives for Individuals With Disabilities

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Under Executive Order 13217, the Departments of Health and
Human Services (HHS), Labor, Education, Justice, Housing and Urban
Development and the Social Security Administration are undertaking an
evaluation of each agency's policies, programs, statues and regulations
to determine whether any should be revised or modified to improve the
availability of community-based services for qualified individuals with
disabilities. As the designated lead agency, HHS seeks public comments
to inform each agency's evaluation.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kari Benson, New Freedom Initiative
Group, 202-205-0624.

DATES: All comments must be received on or before the close of business
on August 27, 2001.

ADDRESSES: All comments should be addressed to the New Freedom
Initiative Group, Department of Health and Human Services, P.O. Box
23271, Washington, D.C. 20036-3271. If possible, please send an
electronic version of the comments on a 3\1/2\ inch DOS format floppy
disk in a format that is accessible to everyone, including persons with
disabilities, such as HTML, ASCII text, or popular word processor
format (Microsoft Word, Corel WordPerfect). Comments may also be sent
electronically via email to: newfreedom@cms.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 18, 2001, President Bush signed
Executive Order No. 13217 on Community-based Alternatives for
Individuals with Disabilities. The Order commits the United States to
community-based alternatives for individuals with disabilities and
recognizes that such services advance the best interests of the United
States. The Order calls upon the federal government to assist states
and localities to swiftly implement the decision of the United States
Supreme Court in Olmstead v. L.C. and directs specific federal agencies
to review their policies, programs, statutes and regulations to
determine whether any should be revised or modified to improve the
availability of community-based services for individuals with
disabilities. The review must focus on identifying affected
populations, improving the flow of information about supports in the
community, and removing barriers that impede opportunities for
community placement. The review must also ensure the involvement of
consumers, advocacy organizations, providers, and relevant agency
representatives. The results of the evaluation must be reported,
through the Department of Health and Human Services, to the President
by October 16, 2001.
     The specific agencies charged with undertaking this review are: the
Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS), the Department of Education (DOE), the Department of
Labor (DOL), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Social
Security Administration (SSA).
     The agency self-evaluations focus upon identifying the appropriate
role of the federal government to promote the ability of people with
disabilities to live more independently in the community (close to
families and friends), to engage

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in productive employment, and participate in community life.
     To assist federal agencies in their review and self-evaluation, we
invite the public to submit to us your specific written comments on
issues such as barriers in federal law, policy and programs that limit
the ability of people of any age who have a disability to achieve the
above goals; actions that each of the designated agencies can take to
address those barriers, improve the flow of information about community
supports or aid in fulfillment of the ADA; and how federal programs can
work together in support of enabling an individual with a disability to
participate fully in the social end economic life of the community
(e.g. health coverage, mental health services, social services,
affordable and accessible housing, employment, caregiver support, and
other services).
     All comments should be submitted to the Department of Health and
Human Services at the address noted above. As the coordinating federal
agency, the Department will ensure that comments relating to programs
administered by any of the other designated federal agencies will be
submitted to those agencies for review in conjunction with that
agency's review and self-evaluation.

     Dated: July 25, 2001.
Tommy G. Thompson,
Secretary, Health and Human Services.

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Morgan <morganbrown@hotmail.com>
Morgan W. Brown
Montpelier Vermont USA







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