On September 12, 2008, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services' Secretary JudyAnn Bigby presented to Governor Patrick, the Community First Olmstead Plan. The Community First Olmstead Plan is a roadmap and action plan reflecting Governor Patrick's commitment to ensuring that people with disabilities and elders have access to community-living opportunities and supports that address each individual's diverse needs, abilities and backgrounds. The fundamental goals of the Olmstead Plan are to help individuals transition from institutional care; expand access to community-based long-term supports; improve the capacity and quality of community-based long-term supports; expand access to affordable and accessible housing with supports; promote employment of persons with disabilities and elders; and promote awareness of long-term supports. The plan was developed by EOHHS with feedback and direction from a diverse group of stakeholders comprised of providers, consumers, and advocates.

Community Education Forums

During the month of October 2008, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and the Office of Medicaid hosted several education forums across the state in Boston, Northampton, Plymouth, and Worcester. These forums were attended by community members and a broad array of Community First stakeholders.

If you have questions or feedback on the Community First Olmstead Plan, please send an email to: CFOlmsteadPlan@state.ma.us.

CYF Advisory Committee Working Groups 

This information is provided by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.