The hallmark case Olmstead v. L.C. paved the way for individuals with disabilities unnecessarily living in institutions, requiring individuals the right to live in the most integrated setting, or least restrictive setting, where their needs can be met. This means that individuals who are able to live in the community have this right, and cannot be held in an institution against their will. Illinois has settled 3 such Olmstead cases: Ligas (concerning individuals with developmental disabilities), Williams (concerning individuals with mental disabilities) and now Colbert (concerning individuals with any disability living in a nursing facility in Cook County). In response to the Colbert Implementation Plan Draft, HMPRG submitted comments providing feedback and recommendations to ensure consumers' needs and safety. The Colbert case is in response to individuals living in nursing facilities in Cook County; through the implementation plan these individuals have the option to move to a community-based setting.
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