In February the National Conference of State Legislatures released the
fourth in its series of reports describing the states' response to the Supreme
Court's Olmstead decision, which required them to place persons with
mental disabilities in community settings when the treatment professionals
deem that setting appropriate, the individual does not object, and the
placement can be "reasonably accommodated."
Authors Wendy Fox-Grage and colleagues wrote that during that four-year
period, "new initiatives to better serve people with mental illness have
They noted, however, that in the previous year, 18 states described efforts
to enhance the quality of mental health services. Among those efforts:
"The States' Response to the Olmstead Decision: A
2003 Update" is posted at<www.ncsl.org/programs/health/forum/olmstead/2003/03olmstd.pdf>.