Olmstead at 20

bazelon center panelists

On June 24, 2019, the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law hosted a forum in the offices of BakerHostetler LLP in honor of the 20th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Olmstead vs. L.C.

With more than 80 people in attendance, whether in-person or through a conference call-in number, the venue was filled with those who had turned out to celebrate the occasion with us and our discussion panelists.

The panel included:

  • Vietress Bacon, Plaintiff in an Olmstead Case Who Transitioned from a Nursing Home to Supported Housing;
  • Katie Hemmings, Individual Who Transitioned from an Adult Home to Supported Housing;
  • Eve Hill, Partner, Brown Goldstein & Levy;
  • Martha Knisley, Mental Health Systems Expert and Former State Mental Health Director; and
  • Jennifer Mathis, Director of Policy and Legal Advocacy, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.


EVENT RESOURCES – “I am Olmstead

i am olmstead

Released at the event, this set of “I am Olmstead” publications produced by the Bazelon Center includes:

  1. a set of narratives describing the experiences of nine people we interviewed who transitioned from long-term institutionalization or segregation to their own homes.
  2. a description of key community-based services that should be available to enable people with significant psychiatric disabilities to transition from institutional settings to their own homes.
  3. a description of some key strategies that have been used by states to facilitate large-scale efforts to transition people with psychiatric disabilities from institutional settings to the community.

Use the links below to view and download these testimonial narratives and resources:


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