Monday, August 23, 2021

The North Dakota Olmstead Commission is engaging in a process of reassessing the state's Olmstead Plan, last reassessed in 2008.  As an initial step to revision of the state Plan, the Commission is seeking responses to a discussion draft and gathering information from agencies and stakeholders to get a deeper and more realistic understanding of how the state’s systems that persons with disabilities interact with perform on a day-to-day basis.

The Plan's goals are based on the pillars identified by prior Olmstead Plans and the Governor’s 2018 Executive Order:

  1. Education
  2. Housing
  3. Community supports
  4. Employment
  5. Transportation
  6. Community transitions

The Commission encourages any comments on the system of disability service provision in North Dakota.  Particular topics of interest include:

• the strengths of the existing systems, that promote community integration of persons with disabilities;

• barriers to accessing housing, services, and supports; and

• recommended improvements to systems of services and supports.

The Olmstead Commission web page will post Plan development updates and announcements, and solicit input from constituents and stakeholders who are unable to attend meetings in person. A dedicated email address ( is provided on the site for the public to submit questions and comments on posted materials. Comments and feedback on the draft of this initial plan will be collected via email and during meetings.

Individuals who wish to submit ideas can submit them via the contact form on the website, contact Dan Gulya at, or call 701-328-3946, toll free 800-472-2670, 711 (TTY).