October 22, 2012 -- Thank you for your advocacy. Washington State Governor Gregoire has agreed not to appeal the M.R. v. Dreyfus case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read her press release here.
The case challenged the state's Medicaid cuts that would have forced the twelve named plaintiffs from their homes and into institutions. The plaintiffs won an order preventing cuts in their community services from going into effect. An appeal to the Supreme Court could have placed at risk one of the most fundamental civil rights of individuals with disabilities: the right to avoid needless institutionalization. The Court's activist conservative majority could have done damage to Olmstead and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Supreme Court’s 1999 Olmstead v. L.C. decision is one of the most effective tools that the disability community has to fight against state budget cuts to home and community-based services that would force people with disabilities into unwanted and unwarranted institutionalization. For more details, see the sign-on letter here.