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.

Who's signing

Zachary Mildenstein
Ellesandra Stecher
Christine Gaspari
Stephen Morton
Margaret Koley
Vera Hoppe
Billy Channel
Chuck Leach
Janet Tibbs
Peggy Reisher
Pam Hopkins
Cheri Vance
Renee Harp
Erin Phillips
Christopher O'Callaghan
Kathy Hoell
rachel nygard
Sandra Riggle
Laurel Johnson
Amanda Vazquez
Julie Mattern
Allen Meade
Karrie Kiper
Deborah Fritz
Stephanie Cody-Goossen
Kari Hoeft
Lana Anderson-Phelps
Claudia Sherman
Anne Ott
Linda Safranek
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  • Zachary Mildenstein
    signed 2019-02-05 00:57:50 -0800
  • Ellesandra Stecher
    signed 2019-02-04 17:28:04 -0800
  • Christine Gaspari
    signed 2019-02-04 15:34:30 -0800
    As not only a person with disabilities, but an advocate for the disabled, I would love to help!
  • Stephen Morton
    signed 2019-02-04 14:53:20 -0800
  • Margaret Koley
    signed 2019-02-04 14:02:11 -0800
  • Vera Hoppe
    signed 2019-02-04 12:10:58 -0800
    Vera Hoppe
  • Billy Channel
    signed 2019-02-04 09:13:26 -0800
    Billy Channel
  • Chuck Leach
    signed 2019-02-04 09:10:19 -0800
    Charles Leach
  • Janet Tibbs
    signed 2019-02-04 08:47:04 -0800
  • Peggy Reisher
    signed 2019-02-04 08:11:22 -0800
  • Pam Hopkins
    signed 2019-02-04 08:04:50 -0800
  • Cheri Vance
    signed 2019-02-04 07:38:49 -0800
    Disabilities reconized or not. They must be protected from further harm . I still have a voice. I may have a TBI and EDS and many other labels but my voice still works. My knees still get hit daily to pray for for what is right.
  • Renee Harp
    signed 2019-02-04 07:29:34 -0800
  • Erin Phillips
    signed 2019-02-04 07:27:49 -0800
  • Christopher O'Callaghan
    signed 2019-02-04 07:26:05 -0800
    Christopher O’Callaghan
  • Kathy Hoell
    signed 2019-02-04 07:09:44 -0800
  • rachel nygard
    signed 2019-02-04 07:03:24 -0800
  • Sandra Riggle
    signed 2019-02-04 06:39:33 -0800
  • Laurel Johnson
    signed 2019-02-04 06:32:48 -0800
  • Amanda Vazquez
    signed 2019-02-04 06:30:49 -0800
  • Julie Mattern
    signed 2019-02-04 06:02:58 -0800
  • Allen Meade
    signed 2019-02-04 04:58:38 -0800
    Allen Meade
  • Karrie Kiper
    signed 2019-02-04 03:33:24 -0800
  • Deborah Fritz
    signed 2019-02-03 20:58:13 -0800
  • Stephanie Cody-Goossen
    signed 2019-02-03 19:47:54 -0800
  • Kari Hoeft
    signed 2019-02-03 18:46:45 -0800
  • Lana Anderson-Phelps
    signed 2019-02-03 17:56:30 -0800
  • Claudia Sherman
    signed 2019-02-03 13:16:25 -0800
    Please support Nebraskans with disabilities by completing a Nebraska Olmstead Plan.
  • Anne Ott
    signed 2019-02-03 05:55:23 -0800
  • Linda Safranek
    signed 2019-02-03 05:30:38 -0800