Thursday, June 21, 2012

Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on Olmstead Enforcement

You might think the Olmstead decision was having an anniversary or something!  (It's a Bat Mitzvah, actually.)  This morning, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing on Olmstead enforcement.  My old boss Tom Perez testified, as did the incredibly dynamic Henry Claypool from HHS; Rita Landgraf, the Health and Social Services Secretary for the State of Delaware (whose leadership on these issues is reflected in the DOJ Olmstead settlement with her state); Zelia Baugh, the Mental Health Commissioner for the State of Alabama; and Ricardo Thornton, an individual with a disability from Washington, DC, who formerly lived in an institution.  You can find their prepared statements, and video of the hearing, at the link above.

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