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Colorado Olmstead Initiative

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (the Department), in partnership with the Colorado Long Term Care Advisory and the Olmstead report Core Team, is proud to announce the release of the report, “  Olmstead: Recommendations and Policy Options for Colorado  ,” as a response to Executive Order D01109 issued  in June 2009.

Olmstead refers to a Supreme Court decision issued in 1999 that recognizes that unnecessary segregation of individuals with disabilities in institutions is a form of discrimination based on disability per Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Olmstead v. L.C., (98-536) 527 U.S. 581 (1999))

You will find links to the final version of the report, the Executive Order mandating the report and public comments with the Department’s responses on this website. Please bookmark this site and continue checking it for information as to how the Department, in partnership with other state agencies and community organizations, will prioritize and implement the recommendations in the report.

For more information on the Olmstead decision, visit:

For more information on the Colorado Olmstead Initiative, please contact    

Nicole Storm, 303-866-2858; or
Tim Cortez, 303-866-3011


Olmstead Public Comment with Responses  


 LTC Advisory Report Comparison Committee Status Update