North Dakota Olmstead Commission



Monitor services and conduct planning in order to comply with the United States Supreme Court's Olmstead decision by providing appropriate community-based services for individuals with disabilities, consistent with the needs and available resources of the state. See Olmstead decision summary information.


People will be able to make choices about services and supports based on knowledge and understanding of all service options.

ND Olmstead Plan Documents:

  • Comprehensive Working Plan to Enhance Community Services in Response to Olmstead
    • NOTE: Plan is currently being revised.
    • Updated in May 2008, the state's plan includes:
      • Background on the Olmstead Decision
      • Historical information about state efforts to serve individuals with disabilities in less restrictive settings
      • A record of state and Olmstead Commission efforts,
      • State's planning document, which is a working document.


  • Executive Order 2010-15 (Oct. 2010)
  • Members
    • The Commission is co-chaired by Jason Nisbet, representative of N.D. Governor's Office, and Christopher Jones, Executive Director of N.D. Department of Human Services.
    Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Public Announcements

    Olmstead Commission Meetings


    Meeting Minutes

    Meeting Announcements

    • North Dakota Olmstead Plan 2010 Update (July 2010)
    • ND Department of Human Services’ Olmstead Plan Accomplishments Report to the Olmstead Commission
    • ND Real Choice Systems Change Grant Rebalancing Initiative Steering Committee Report to the Olmstead Commission
    • ND Real Choice Rebalancing Grant – Summary of Studies and Reports Related to ND’s Aging Population and People with Disabilities
    Olmstead Work Group

    Related Efforts & Initiatives:

    • North Dakota Life Skills and Transition Center – Transition to Community Task Force (underway)
    • North Dakota Money Follows the Person Grant Initiative (underway)
      • A federal grant-funded effort that focuses on 1) transitioning qualifying Medicaid-eligible individuals from nursing homes and Intermediate Care Facilities for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-IID is a federal term) to community settings, and 2) to strengthen access to and usage of home and community-based long-term care services