US DOJ Moves to Intervene in Olmstead Challenge to Oregon's Reliance on Sheltered Workshops
I have blogged before about Lane v. Kitzhaber, the pending case in which plaintiffs allege that Oregon's reliance on sheltered workshops, at the expense of integrated employment services, for people with various disabilities violates the ADA's integration mandate as interpreted in the Supreme Court's Olmstead decision. Late last week, the U.S. Department of Justice moved to intervene as a plaintiff in the case. This development is hardly a shock. Last summer, DOJ issued a letter to the state, which informed the state of DOJ's finding that Oregon's reliance on sheltered workshops violated Olmstead. But subsequent settlement negotiations did not lead to a satisfactory resolution, so the Department chose to intervene.