The Olmstead Act
While living in Missouri, with all it’s rights and freedoms, Kelsey Mack did not have the right to remain at home. The only choice the State of Missouri offered Kelsey for life and funding was in a State setting, a Habilitation Center or Group Home. For some adults with special needs, that worked great. But Kelsey did not desire to leave her family or her community. She wanted to remain at home, in her circle of friends, and, smack dab in the middle of her own community. Kelsey was determined, self-determined.
I believe that is when the story of Lois and Elaine occurred. Although, we have never met Lois and Elaine, we thank them because their efforts changed Kelsey’s life and future forever. Lois and Elaine’s families challenged the State of Georgia. They had the same desires. Lois and Elaine wanted to remain in their home and community.
They fought long and hard and on June 22, 1999, the United States Supreme Court Olmstead Decision was passed. Lois and Elaine were allowed to move back into their community, with their state funds, and live with family and friends. The Olmstead Decision allowed Lois and Elaine’s “money to follow the person”. It is now termed “Person Centered Planning”. Today, Kelsey is living the life she has always dreamed about. Kelsey lives in an Independent Living Center (ISL) called Mulberry Street. Thanks to Mulberry Street, Kelsey lives at home in her natural environment in a routine which has worked for her for years.in services for the adult family member with special needs. Our program focuses specifically on the ISL, Independent Supported Living, which allows the individual to remain living in their natural home. Mulberry Street can create a Person Centered Plan for your loved one, while incorporating the elements of Self-Direction and Self-Determination. Mulberry Street allows your loved one to continue living with family and receive services. If you are interested in Mulberry Street services, please contact Mulberry Street by phone at 816.228.1795 or by email at Director@mulberryst.info
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