Olmstead v. L.C.

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Olmstead v. L.C.
Court U.S. Supreme Court
Citation 527 U.S. 581
119 S. Ct. 2176 (1999)
Date decided June 22, 1999
Appealed from U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
Case Opinions
majority written by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
joined by Sandra Day O'Connor, David Souter, Stephen Breyer, John P. Stevens
concurrence written by John P. Stevens
concurrence written by Anthony Kennedy
joined by Stephen Breyer
dissent written by Clarence Thomas
joined by William Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia


The two plaintiffs were women with mental disabilities. Employees of Georgia Regional Hospital decided to keep the patients at the state institution, rather than at community treatment centers due to financial considerations.


Should the ADA apply to mentally disabled patients regarding community treatment programs?




Individuals with mental disabilities have the right to community-based housing under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).