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  1. Claudia Lindley
    Claudia Lindley November 19, 2018 at 2:34 pm | | Reply

    Another reason we should care whether people with mental illness are served in the community: its the law.

    From ada.gov: “The story of the Olmstead case begins with two women, Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson, who had mental illness and developmental disabilities, and were voluntarily admitted to the psychiatric unit in the State-run Georgia Regional Hospital. Following the women’s medical treatment there, mental health professionals stated that each was ready to move to a community-based program. However, the women remained confined in the institution, each for several years after the initial treatment was concluded. They filed suit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for release from the hospital.

    The Decision

    “On June 22, 1999, the United States Supreme Court held in Olmstead v. L.C. that unjustified segregation of persons with disabilities constitutes discrimination in violation of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Court held that public entities must provide community-based services to persons with disabilities when (1) such services are appropriate; (2) the affected persons do not oppose community-based treatment; and (3) community-based services can be reasonably accommodated, taking into account the resources available to the public entity and the needs of others who are receiving disability services from the entity.”

    Thanks for this series. Well-done!
    Claudia Lindley
    Lincoln, Nebraska

  2. Bess O'Brien
    Bess O'Brien November 19, 2018 at 5:24 pm | | Reply

    The whole series is so illuminating and so important for Vermont to hear. Bravo Erica.

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