Olmstead

Harkin: Divert funds from SNF settings

Harkin: Divert funds from SNF settings

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Medicaid funds would more easily flow toward people wanting home- and community-based services — and away from nursing homes — under a new bill unveiled by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA).

Housing department announces $120 million in funding to help with Olmstead compliance

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State housing agencies can apply for $120 million in new federal funding to support housing options for disabled people transitioning out of long-term care facilities, the Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced.

Implementing Olmstead, one decade at a time

Implementing Olmstead, one decade at a time

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I first began attending American Health Care Association shows in the 1990s. They tended to be lively events, but not for reasons that had much to do with educational sessions, networking or the goodies being distributed in the expo halls.

Florida warehousing disabled children in nursing homes, federal lawsuit alleges

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The federal government has sued the state of Florida, alleging that hundreds of disabled children are unnecessarily living in nursing homes in the state, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday. The nursing home sector has been involved in efforts to ensure children receive "appropriate care in the safest and least restrictive settings," said Florida Health Care Association Executive Director J. Emmett Reed.

Huge number of young, disabled nursing home residents shows poor follow-through on Olmstead: Senate report

Huge number of young, disabled nursing home residents shows poor follow-through on Olmstead: Senate report

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Nearly a quarter of a million working-age residents remain "unfairly segregated" in nursing homes because states are not providing the community living support called for by the U.S. Supreme Court and the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to a Senate report.

Government-funded housing should support people transitioning out of long-term care settings, guidance urges

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Housing providers using government funds should consider the needs of individuals transitioning out of nursing homes and other institutional settings, according to recently released guidance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Lawsuit settlement would transition disabled and elderly nursing home residents into community settings

A proposed settlement in a class action lawsuit could help low-income people with disabilities avoid nursing homes while saving the state money, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Protect yourself against Olmstead

Protect yourself against Olmstead

The Olmstead decision—that governments provide housing to vulnerable populations in the lease restrictive environments—has led to several class-action lawsuits. Here are ways to guard your residents and facilities against damaging Olmstead cases.

Three states fail to house disabled in most appropriate settings, DOJ argues

Justice Department court briefs filed in Florida, Illinois and New Jersey allege that the states have failed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court's Olmstead decision, which deals with the rights of the disabled.

Supreme Court ruling cited in argument for removing mentally ill from nursing homes

Supreme Court ruling cited in argument for removing mentally ill from nursing homes

A 10-year-old Supreme Court ruling is being dusted off to make the case for taking the mentally ill out of nursing homes and supporting them in the community and at home.