Monday, May 21, 2012

Public input forums for WV's Olmstead Plan

In 1999 the US Supreme Court decided in Olmstead v. LC that services must be provided in the most integrated setting. This decision has become the symbol and the the legal basis for the movement of demanding expansion of services for people with disabilities away from institutions and toward community-based supports, and to help people remain in their own homes as long as possible.

Our state Department of Health and Human Resources is responsible for administering our state's Olmstead Plan. You can learn more about those efforts and the resources available pursuant to the Olmstead decision here http://www.wvdhhr.org/bhhf/olmstead/olmstead%20resources.htm.

Our state Olmstead Council now seeks your input on what should be included in our state Olmstead Plan, and has planned 4 public forums for stakeholders to express their suggestions and concerns. Each forum will be held from 5:30p to 7:30p and light refreshments will be provided.

Clarksburg - June 26, 2012
Hilton Garden Inn
606 Emily Drive

South Charleston - June 28, 2012
Holiday Inn and Suites
400 and 402 Second Avenue

Vienna - July 10, 2012
Grand Pointe Conference Center
1500 Grand Central Avenue

Martinsburg - July 12, 2012
Holiday6 Inn
301 Foxcroft Avenue

The forums are open and accessible to the public. Requests for sign language interpreters, alternate formats, or other accommodations to participate in the meetings must be made one week prior to the meeting. However, accommodations can still be requested after the one week deadline.

Contact:
Olmstead Office
State Capitol
Building 6, Room 817-B
Charleston WV 25305

304.558-3287
866.761.4628
Fax 304.558-1992
tina.e.maher@wv.gov

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