Division of Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS)

Olmstead Consumer Taskforce

The Iowa Olmstead Consumer Taskforce (OCTF) works to assure that people with disabilities can live in their own homes and communities rather than in institutional settings. A U.S. Supreme Court Case, Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S.581 (1999), gives people with disabilities that right.

The OCTF mission is to:

  • Monitor Iowa's response to the U. S. Supreme Court's Olmstead decision and to collaborate with state agencies in the implementation of Olmstead in Iowa;
  • Advocate for Iowans with disabilities and long term care needs;
  • Educate Iowans about the Olmstead Decision and its implications for public policy in Iowa;
  • Inform and advise policy makers about the needs, rights, and preferences of Iowans with disabilities and long term care needs;
  • Monitor existing laws and pending legislation and make recommendations to promote consistency with the Olmstead Decision;
  • Support systems change that promotes choice, fairness, equity, accessibility, and availability of individualized services for people with disabilities and long term care needs;
  • Assist and encourage the departments and agencies of the state of Iowa to ensure compliance with the Olmstead decision.

People living with their disabilities, family members of children with disabilities, and disability advocates are members of the Taskforce.  Representatives of key state agencies work alongside members to achieve policies, legislation, and public funding decisions consistent with the mandate of the Olmstead court decision. The OCTF is staffed by Department of Human Services, and it, along with the Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council and the Office of Consumer Affairs, works closely with the Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) Division to plan and implement Iowa's Mental Health and Disability Services State Plan.

Additional information about the Olmstead effort in Iowa and about the Taskforce, including legal authority, Taskforce membership, Taskforce documents, projects and priorities, OCTF meeting dates, agendas, and minutes, can be found at http://www.olmsteadrealchoicesia.org/.

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