SAMHSA has established the Olmstead Initiative, an online community fostering discussion and collaboration about upholding and implementing the aspirations of the Olmstead ruling throughout the country. Members of the group include Olmstead coordinators and key stakeholders working to promote community integration and recovery in their states and communities. The Communities of Practice offer monthly webinars on topics pertinent to assisting people with psychiatric disabilities to achieve their potential in the most integrated settings possible.
The Olmstead Initiative previously was part of the Behavioral Health Technical Assistance Learning Community (BHTalk), which promoted collaboration and knowledge development among people committed to recovery and resiliency.
Community Integration Self-Assessment Tool for Use in the 2014 Olmstead Community of Practice
Learn how states identify and assess their strengths and weaknesses in community integration for people with mental health conditions.
Facilitator’s Manual: A Practical Guide for People with Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Work – 2015 (PDF | 2.6 MB)
Review this facilitator’s manual to help develop structured and semi-structured ways to support people with mental health conditions who are considering work.
Long-term Services and Supports: Changes and Challenges in Financing and Delivery
Learn about changes in financing and delivery, and challenges that are impacting long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults.
Peer Support: Developing and Facilitating Self-Help Groups – 2015 (PDF | 443 KB)
Review community integration tools from the University of Pennsylvania Collaborative on developing peer support groups and tools for active listening.
Pricing Guide: A Resource for Community-based Organizations to Value and Price Services – 2013 (PDF | 1.1 MB)
Learn how community-based organizations can establish pricing for integration and community-based services.