In 1999, the United States Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581 (1999)(hereinafter referred to as “Olmstead”) requiring states to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs.

In rendering its decision, the United States Supreme Court encouraged states to develop comprehensive plans for placing qualified disabled individuals in less restrictive settings.

This decision resulted in the Department publishing the 2003 Roadmap for Change – Maine’s Response to the Olmstead Decision.

The Department has recently updated its response to the Olmstead decision for the individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism.

It is a priority of the Department to provide a comprehensive update the 2003 Olmstead document for all populations including, but not limited to: aging, physically disabled, children, brain injury, other related conditions, and mental health populations.

As a result, the Department is embarking on a planning and visioning initiative aimed at updating the 2003 Roadmap which will identify Department/Program strengths and weakness and to strategically identify Department/Programs objectives moving forward as it pertains to Olmstead.

All questions related to this initiative, can be sent to oads@maine.gov.

Planning Documents