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Disability News /KLKC

Olmstead Complaints

Topeka, Ks – On Wednesday, Shannon Jones, Executive Director of the Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas sent an e-mail to U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas, Barry Grissom who spoke at the Kansas Disability Caucus last month in Topeka.  Jones noted “Attendees found (his) remarks to be a possible glimmer of hope.”  She said “Kansas advocates want justice delivered to the over 5,000 people waiting for community services (and) They are counting on the US Attorney / Department of Justice / Health and Human Services to deliver that justice.” 

The Kansas Health Institute News Service reported Grissom assured the audience of 200-plus people that both his office and the U.S. Department of Justice are “committed to aggressive enforcement of the (U.S.) Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead,” a reference to a landmark case in which the court ruled that states are obliged to provide services for disabled persons in settings that are most appropriate to their needs.  Grissom said the best outcome would be for federal and state officials to agree on a plan for bringing the state into full compliance with the law.  According to Jones, on the final day of the Disability Caucus, advocates agreed upon their "Call to Action."  They were determined to file another 300 Olmstead complaints with the U.S. Attorney’s office from across the state within 3 weeks.   As of Wednesday, advocates had filed another 274 Olmstead complaints statewide with at least 86 coming from the SKIL Resource Center based in Parsons.  Today (fri.) marks the 3 week deadline for filing the Olmstead complaints.  In July, Shari Coatney, the Chief Executive Officer of the SKIL Resource Center in Parsons and President of the Kansas Association of Centers for Independent Living sent a letter to Grissom in reference to correspondence received June 23rd from the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) stating that Kansas was not required to have a “State of Kansas Olmstead Plan”.  It was noted “Kansas does administer Medicaid waivers and programs to assure the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of, and with consideration of choice, to qualified individuals with disabilities in order to avoid discrimination of individuals based on disabilities.”  According to Coatney, “KACIL strongly disagrees with the state’s opinion (and) the intent of the letter (was) to request … assistance to require the state of Kansas to develop and implement an Olmstead Plan within a specific time period.”