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Olmstead Decision

Exec. Order 13217

Mental Health Commission

Open Door Forum PDF 108KB

Grants to States for Community Living

Employment of People with Disabilities

Quality in HCBS Waivers

Technical Assistance on Community Living

Fulfilling America's Promise to Americans with Disabilities
New Freedom Initiative

The New Freedom Initiative was announced by President Bush on February 1, 2001, followed up by Executive Order 13217 on June 18, 2001. The initiative is a nationwide effort to remove barriers to community living for people of all ages with disabilities and long-term illnesses. It represents an important step in working to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to learn and develop skills, engage in productive work, choose where to live and participate in community life.

Opening Doors to Independence: CMS Accomplishments in Support of the Presidential New Freedom Initiative (PDF 32K)

Demonstration and Grant Initiatives

  • Real Choice Systems Change Grants - The Real Choice Systems Change Grants are aimed at building infrastructure that will result in effective and enduring improvements in community long-term support systems.
    • SOLICITATION: 2004 Real Choice Systems Change Grants (PDF 519K)
    • Fact sheet for 2004 Real Choice System Change Solicitation (PDF 16K)
    • PRESS RELEASE: for 2004 Real Choice Systems Change Grants

Open Door Forum Series

Budget Proposals for 2005 under New Freedom

Accomplishments under the New Freedom Initiative (PDF 126K)

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