Olmstead Petition

Intro

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

Pam McDonald
Richard Levine
Jina Ragland
Beth Delaney
Peggy Stone
Michelle Peklo
Tonda Nelson
Jeff Cogswell
Karmin Maul
Cynthia Huhman
Nicole Neubauer
Jennifer James
Gina Frank
Michelle Johnson
Tina Dykes
Patty Novacek
Cheryl Montgomery
Christina Boydston
Janece Mollhoff
Jesseca Marchand
Ashlea Kerr
Edison McDonald
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  • Pam McDonald
    signed 2019-02-02 08:33:49 -0800
    We can’t drop the ball.
  • Richard Levine
    signed 2019-02-02 08:30:07 -0800
    We need to stop talking about this and get it done!
  • Jina Ragland
    signed 2019-02-02 08:24:12 -0800
  • Beth Delaney
    signed 2019-02-02 08:11:50 -0800
  • Peggy Stone
    signed 2019-02-02 08:10:18 -0800
    Families are falling through the metaphorical “disability cracks” in Nebraska. We expect more from our governmental leadership ensure those with disabilities even from families who are making ends meet are provided some level of assistance! Rather we are having programs like Aged and Disabled tightened and more restricted which removes hundreds of families from the waiver preventing them from getting help for their children and their families. We are preparing to take a big stand. Waiting doesn’t work!
  • Michelle Peklo
    signed 2019-02-02 08:01:41 -0800
  • Tonda Nelson
    signed 2019-02-02 08:00:53 -0800
  • Jeff Cogswell
    signed 2019-02-02 07:56:35 -0800
    Jeff Cogswell
  • Karmin Maul
    signed 2019-02-02 07:45:37 -0800
  • Cynthia Huhman
    signed 2019-02-02 07:44:52 -0800
  • Nicole Neubauer
    signed 2019-02-02 07:43:04 -0800
  • Jennifer James
    signed via 2019-02-02 07:42:01 -0800
    Jennifer James
  • Gina Frank
    signed 2019-02-02 07:40:13 -0800
  • Michelle Johnson
    signed 2019-02-02 07:35:24 -0800
  • Tina Dykes
    signed 2019-02-02 07:27:14 -0800
  • Patty Novacek
    signed 2019-02-02 07:23:21 -0800
  • Cheryl Montgomery
    signed 2019-02-02 07:13:49 -0800
  • Christina Boydston
    signed 2019-02-02 06:52:01 -0800
  • Janece Mollhoff
    signed 2019-02-02 06:50:43 -0800
  • Jesseca Marchand
    signed 2019-02-02 06:48:48 -0800
  • Edison McDonald
    published this page in Get Involved 2019-02-02 06:27:37 -0800
  • Ashlea Kerr
    signed 2019-01-28 08:43:14 -0800
  • Edison McDonald
    signed 2019-01-28 08:42:03 -0800