Olmstead Petition


On June 22, 1999, the United States Supreme Court held in Olmstead v. L.C. that states must have a plan to ensure the people with disabilities were afforded the choice to access the most community-based option possible.  Over the last 20 years this has become one of the largest factors to ensure that people with disabilities in many states received the supports that they needed to live.  These plans arereferred to Olmstead Plans and are basically a comprehensive strategic plan to insure that all necessary supports are available to promote success in the community for persons with disabilitiesThe planning process starts with an assessment of the status quo and sets forward goals and methods to ensure that state programs work to continuously improve the access to supports needed by affected individuals. These plans look at all aspects of community life, including accessible transportation, housing, education, employment, etc. Benchmarks and timelines are required in Olmstead Plans to ensure progress in  the plan’s implementation.
Over these past 20 years Nebraska has yet to develop and Olmstead Plan. .Based on the experience of other states, this lack of a Plan occasions the risk a costly and time-consuming lawsuits.  As of December 15, 2018 the State is now out of compliance with Nebraska Revised Statute 81-6,122 which requires the development of a Nebraska Olmstead Plan. This is truly unfortunate as the state has certainly had adequate time, the Legislature has considered this a priority to the extent it has written this into state law, and disability stakeholders have been engaged. In addition, the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council has provided most of the funding ($127,000 or so) to hire a consulting firm to assist in writing a Plan.  However, the Administration has yet to have taken the necessary steps to ensure that all of the necessary state leadership become fully engaged with this process.
We the undersigned do hereby call on the Governor of Nebraska Pete Ricketts to address the requirements of   Nebraska Revised Statute 81-6,122 by ensuring that an Olmstead Plan is completed and adhered to.  Governor Ricketts has often spoken previously of his goals regarding support people with disabilities.  Completing a Nebraska Olmstead Plan is currently one of the best ways in which the Governor could demonstrate his support and we urge him to take immediate action on this matter.

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Adeline Johnson
Don Andrews
Jodi Monson
Jennifer Stephens
Justin Jelinek
Margaret Chulufas
Courtney Brewer
Leslie Taylor
Pamela Mann
Desiree Johnson
Genenne Didier
Cindy Evert Christ
James Summerfelt
Lisa OConnell
Joe Pepitone
Shawn Newill
JoAnne Roberts
Audrey DeFrank
Daniel edwards
Tara Knuth
Shannon Carnahan
Aimee Folker
Nancy Pride
Pamela Curry
Brenna Terry
Susan Bentley
Mary Angus
Dave Merrill
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  • Adeline Johnson
    signed via 2020-01-18 14:31:13 -0800
  • Don Andrews
    signed 2019-08-05 10:27:52 -0700
  • Jodi Monson
    signed 2019-07-18 04:01:58 -0700
  • Jennifer Stephens
    signed 2019-07-17 16:13:47 -0700
  • Justin Jelinek
    signed 2019-07-16 08:45:45 -0700
  • Margaret Chulufas
    signed 2019-07-09 15:48:26 -0700
  • Courtney Brewer
    signed 2019-07-09 13:48:24 -0700
  • Leslie Taylor
    signed 2019-03-15 10:27:56 -0700
  • Pamela Mann
    signed via 2019-02-12 14:04:07 -0800
  • Desiree Johnson
    signed via 2019-02-09 14:42:19 -0800
  • Genenne Didier
    signed 2019-02-09 08:17:01 -0800
  • Cindy Evert Christ
    signed 2019-02-08 11:14:30 -0800
    Let’s get in compliance with the rest of the world. Nebraska is always the last state to ever enact common sense rulings.
  • James Summerfelt
    signed 2019-02-08 07:48:48 -0800
  • Lisa OConnell
    signed 2019-02-07 09:37:26 -0800
  • Joe Pepitone
    signed 2019-02-07 08:58:44 -0800
    Joe Pepitone
  • Shawn Newill
    signed 2019-02-07 07:23:11 -0800
  • JoAnne Roberts
    signed 2019-02-06 17:50:41 -0800
    Please think of our children with special needs. Support them so they can simply live productive lives!
  • Audrey DeFrank
    signed 2019-02-06 09:35:40 -0800
  • Daniel edwards
    signed 2019-02-05 23:51:47 -0800
  • Tara Knuth
    @Tknuth tweeted link to this page. 2019-02-05 21:05:56 -0800
  • Tara Knuth
    signed 2019-02-05 21:04:46 -0800
  • Shannon Carnahan
    signed 2019-02-05 20:13:10 -0800
    Someone needs to stand up for the ones that don’t understand that they can stand up for them self’s!!!!
  • Aimee Folker
    signed 2019-02-05 17:50:02 -0800
  • Nancy Pride
    signed 2019-02-05 16:58:36 -0800
  • Pamela Curry
    signed 2019-02-05 16:47:07 -0800
  • Brenna Terry
    signed 2019-02-05 15:56:09 -0800
  • Susan Bentley
    signed 2019-02-05 15:54:32 -0800
    signed! let’s get this up to date & done, I still have a voice!
  • Mary Angus
    @Mary_Angus2 tweeted link to this page. 2019-02-05 07:37:13 -0800
  • Mary Angus
    signed 2019-02-05 07:36:53 -0800
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  • Dave Merrill
    signed 2019-02-05 07:21:30 -0800