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Throughout our nation’s history people with mental health conditions have been kept in programs, services and institutions that are segregated from the community. Too often, to receive care and treatment, people with mental health conditions have had to sacrifice their freedoms to live and work in the community with people who do not have disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Supreme Court’s Olmstead opinion create a right to receive care and services in an integrated setting.

Click here for more information on the ADA and the Olmstead opinion.

MAMH

MAMH Perspective

MAMH has been a pioneer and a national leader in the movement to ensure the rights of people with mental health conditions to live and work in integrated settings and to avoid unnecessary institutionalization. MAMH supports the rights of all individuals with mental health conditions to receive all services, housing and work opportunities in the most integrated setting possible.

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Individuals are waiting in DMH hospitals or inpatient units solely because of the lack of available community housing and services.