It has been over 20 years since Olmstead, but we are still fighting for our right to live in the community and not locked away in a nursing home. Currently across the U.S., 1.4 million Americans live in nursing homes with no access to otherwise accessible housing, home care, or mental health care services.
The Risk of Institutionalization
ADAPT’s slogan has always been to #FreeOurPeople — and we have been around for 40 years because it still speaks to a need.
Olmstead was a ruling in 1999 that stated unjust segregation of disabled people in institutions is discrimination and in direct violation of the ADA. It mandates that public entities must provide community-based services to disabled people when they are appropriate, when the consumers want such services, and when it can be reasonably accommodated. Twenty years later, and we are still fighting.
At the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak, Governor Cuomo sent infected patients to nursing homes. This resulted in 40% of Covid-19 deaths occurring within the halls of institutions. Outrage was felt throughout our community – and now more than ever we need to fight for our right to live in the community and not in institutions.
Want to join the fight?
To join our working group, fill out our membership form or shoot us an e-mail. Have any ideas on what the Downstate NY chapter of ADAPT could be doing in our fight for nursing home diversion? Join the conversation. We would love to hear from you.