Olmstead in Virginia

The Commonwealth has an obligation under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Olmstead v. L.C. decision, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Virginians with Disabilities Act to provide appropriate opportunities for people with disabilities to become fully integrated into the community if they choose to do so. This is more than a legal obligation—it is a moral imperative.

Download the 2019 Olmstead Strategic Plan to learn more.

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History

 
 

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2002

Following the Supreme Court Decision, a Virginia Olmstead Task Force was convened by Governor Mark Warner. The Task Force was composed of many consumers, advocates, stakeholders and disability services providers.

 
 

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2004

Following the completion of “One Community,” the final report of the Olmstead Task Force, Governor Warner issued Executive Order 61, creating a four cabinet-member, 18-state-agency Implementation Team, and a 19-member stakeholder Oversight Advisory Committee.

 
 

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2005

Governor Warner issued Executive Order 84, to continue implementation of the Olmstead Decision. These two Executive Orders established:

  • multi-agency Implementation Team,
  • cross-disability, multi-stakeholder advisory committee (the “Commission”),
  • Director of Community Integration for people with disabilities.
 
 

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2006

Governor Kaine issued Executive Order 2, which continued the Olmstead initiative and directed the Implementation Team to work with the stakeholder group to develop a cross-governmental strategic plan for community integration. The General Assembly codified the stakeholder advisory group into the Community Integration Advisory Commission.

 
 

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2007

Governor Kaine issued Executive Directive 6, which directs state agencies and entities to be involved with the implementation of Olmstead, and to annually update the Strategic Plan and report to the Governor on progress in implementing it. Several statewide organizations were also invited to join the Team.


Background

The United States Supreme Court decided the Olmstead v. L.C. case in 1999.

President Bush issued an Executive Order entitled "Community-Based Alternatives for Individuals with Disabilities" in 2001 as part of the New Freedom Initiative.

Learn more about Olmstead's history and recent news from the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

Delivering on the Promise

The Olmstead case was decided under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a comprehensive piece of legislation signed into law in 1990 to make society more accessible to people with disabilities. For more on the ADA, please visit the website: ADA





Olmstead Community Integration Advisory Commission


Responsibilities

  • Monitor the implementation of state and federal laws concerning community integration of Virginians with disabilities;
  • Study all matters that present barriers or challenges to full community integration of Virginians with disabilities;
  • Advise and make recommendations to the Director and the Implementation Team related to eliminating barriers and challenges to community integration of Virginians with disabilities and such other related matters as may arise in the performance of their duties;
  • Review and advise the Director and the Implementation Team on its strategic plan; and
  • Report recommendations to the Governor.

Structure

Membership consists of 21 citizen members:

  • 4 appointed by the Senate Rules Committee
  • 6 appointed by the Speaker of the House
  • 11 appointed by the Governor (Code of Virginia §2.2-2525)

Membership includes representation by:

  • 8 persons with disabilities,
  • 4 relatives of a person with a disability,
  • 6 providers of services or advocates,
  • 1 resident of a state mental health facility,
  • 1 resident of a intellectual disability training facility, and
  • 1 resident of a nursing facility.

Meetings and Minutes


Meeting Place Date Time Agenda Minutes
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23229
2019/06/04 (Tuesday)
11:00 am – 2:00 pm CIAC Meeting Agenda 06-04-2019 CIAC Meeting Minutes 06-04-2019 DRAFT
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23229
2019/03/26 (Tuesday)
11:00 am – 2:00 pm CIAC Meeting Agenda 03-26-2019 Minutes from March 26 CIAC meeting (FINAL)
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23229
2018/11/28 (Wednesday)
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Orientation for New Members Agenda  
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23229
2018/11/28 (Wednesday)
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CIAC Meeting Agenda 11-28-2018 CIAC Meeting Minutes 11-28-2018
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23229
2018/10/04 (Thursday)
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Ad-Hoc Committee on Strategy Agenda Ad-Hoc Committee on Strategy Minutes
N/A 2018/03/22 (Thursday)
Meeting Canceled  
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23229
2018/05/30 (Wednesday)
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CIAC Meeting Agenda 5-30-2018 CIAC Meeting Minutes 5-30-2018 
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23229
2018/08/14 (Tuesday)
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CIAC Meeting Agenda 8-14-2018 

CIAC Meeting Minutes 8-14-2018
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23229
Conference Room 101
2017/03/22 (Wednesday)
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CIAC Meeting Agenda FINAL 3-22-2017 CIAC Meeting Minutes FINAL 3-22-2017
N/A 2017/05/31 (Wednesday) Meeting Canceled
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23229
Conference Room 101
2017/08/02 (Wednesday) 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CIAC Meeting Agenda FINAL 8-2-2017 CIAC Meeting Minutes FINAL 8-2-2017
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23229
Conference Room 101
2017/08/29 (Tuesday) 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CIAC Meeting Agenda FINAL 8-29-2017 CIAC Meeting Minutes REVISED 8-29-2017
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23229
Conference Room 101
2017/11/29 (Wednesday) 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CIAC Meeting Agenda FINAL 11-29-2017 CIAC Meeting Minutes REVISED 11-29-2017
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23229
2016/03/21 (Monday)
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CIAC Meeting Agenda Draft 3-21-2016 CIAC Meeting Minutes Draft 3-21-2016
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23229
2016/06/01 (Wednesday) 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CIAC Meeting Agenda Draft 06-01-2016 CIAC Meeting Minutes Final 06-01-2016
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23229
2016/08/03 (Wednesday) 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Nominating Committee Agenda Draft 08-03-2016 CIAC Meeting Minutes Final 08-03-2016
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23229
2016/11/30 (Wednesday) 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CIAC Meeting Agenda Draft 11-30-2016 CIAC Meeting Minutes FINAL 11-30-2016




Olmstead Community Integration Implementation Team


Responsibilities

  • Work to ensure collaborative efforts to complete and annually update a comprehensive, Cross-governmental Strategic Plan designed to assure continued community integration of Virginians with disabilities
  • Update and implement the Goals and Objectives of the Comprehensive, Cross-Governmental Strategic (Olmstead) Plan;
  • Report to the Governor on accomplishments by August 31 of each year.

Structure

Membership consists of 4 Cabinet Secretariats, 24 state agencies, and 8 statewide organizations:

Secretary of Commerce and Trade

  • Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
  • Virginia Housing Development Authority
  • Virginia Employment Commission

Secretary of Education

  • Department of Education
  • State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
  • Virginia Community Colleges System

Secretary of Health and Human Resources

  • Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
  • Department of Health Professions
  • Department of Medical Assistance Services
  • Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
  • Department of Rehabilitative Services
  • Department of Social Services
  • Mental Health Planning Council
  • Office of Comprehensive Services for At-Risk Youth and Families
  • Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
  • Virginia Department for the Aging
  • Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Secretary of Public Safety

  • Department of Veterans’ Services

Secretary of Transportation

  • Department of Rail and Public Transportation
  • Virginia Department of Transportation

The statewide organizations on the team:

  • Mental Health Planning Council
  • Statewide Independent Living Council
  • Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging
  • Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living
  • Virginia Association of Community Services Boards
  • Virginia Association of Counties
  • Virginia Association of Local Human Service Officials
  • Virginia First Cities
  • Virginia Municipal League



Contact Us

Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
8004 Franklin Farms Drive, Richmond, VA 23229


Charlotte Arbogast, (804) 662-7093

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