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Visit the Community Integration Center at TAC (CITAC) for the latest information and resources on community integration, Olmstead, and related topics including those available through TAC's knowledge and information library.  

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Community Integration

As states are increasingly challenged to ensure community living opportunities for people with disabilities, many are seeking to expand integrated permanent supportive housing (PSH) options to assure compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court's Olmstead decision and to reduce reliance on expensive institutional care, and prevent and end homelessness among people with disabilities.

The expansion of PSH using innovative systems-level approaches such as those authorized in HUD's reformed Section 811 Program holds great promise for systematically creating new integrated supportive housing opportunities consistent with Olmstead in states and localities across the country. Other policy and funding initiatives also offer opportunity to increase community living options for people with disabilities.

Over the past 15 years, HUD has awarded over 70,000 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) targeted exclusively to people with disabilities to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs). TAC maintains a comprehensive database which identifies the PHAs in each state that administer all HCVs targeted to special needs populations.

Recently, TAC launched the Community Integration Center at TAC (CITAC) which provides the latest information and resources on community integration, Olmstead, and related topics including those available through TAC's knowledge and information library.  

TAC also maintains the Resource Center on Supportive Housing which provides state-of-the-art information and resources for states and other supportive housing stakeholders as they face new challenges and opportunities for ensuring integrated community living opportunities for people with disabilities.

TAC Resources on Olmstead:

TAC Analysis of CMS' Home & Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule compared with Olmstead & PSH Principles

Olmstead & Supportive Housing: A Vision for the Future

The Olmstead Decision & Housing: Opportunity Knocks

Other Olmstead-Related Information:

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Olmstead Page

DOJ Statement on Enforcement of Olmstead & the Integration Mandate in Title II of ADA

Bazelon Center Olmstead Page

Bazelon Center Webinar "Olmstead Integration - Utilizing Core Services" (8/29/2014)

CMS Info Bulletin on New Housing Resources to Support Olmstead Implementation

Year of Community Living

In June 2009, President Obama marked the 10th anniversary of the Olmstead decision by launching "The Year of Community Living," directing the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to work together to identify ways to improve access to housing, community supports, and independent living arrangements for people with disabilities.

HUD/HHS Partnership

The Year of Community Living initiative created a HUD/HHS partnership that has resulted in new programs to increase affordable and accessible housing options for people with disabilities who receive Medicaid-funded community-based long-term care services and supports. This includes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Real Choice System Change Grants awarded to six states to develop sustainable partnerships with state housing agencies, and the Housing Capacity Building Initiative for Community Living project.

CMS Money Follows the Person (MFP) Initiative

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Money Follows the Person (MFP) Initiative, which is being implemented in 43 states and the District of Columbia, has helped transition more than 22,000 people with disabilities to community living.