Senator Walz Introduces LB800 for Nebraskans with Disabilities

FREMONT – On Thursday, the second day of the Nebraska Legislative Session, Senator Lynne Walz of Fremont introduced LB800.

In 1999 the Supreme Court of the United States heard the case of Olmstead v. L.C and E.W. Citing Title II of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The court ruled “states are required to place persons with mental disabilities in community settings rather than institutions when the state’s treatment professionals have determined that community treatment is appropriate.”

The legislation introduced by Senator Walz is seeking to fulfill this requirement by hiring a professional consultant to assist the Department of Health and Human Services and other experts developing a strategic plan to transfer Nebraskans with disabilities from institutional-care to a community-care framework.

LB800 would also adjust the deadline by which this task force must have the plan completed, and also have guidelines of what should be included in the plan provided.

“We have a responsibility to ensure our state government does everything in its power to treat those with disabilities fairly and with compassion,” said Senator Walz. “LB800 not only brings Nebraska into alignment with previously established federal guidelines, but will have a direct impact on the quality of life for many Nebraskans with disabilities.”

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