SIJ Symposium focuses on progress of community services

Since the advent of key pieces of federal legislation, including the Community Mental Health Act of 1963, the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, and the Olmstead Decision of 1999, the trend has remained consistent towards locating services in the community and in the home for children and adults with all kinds of disabilities, including mental health challenges, intellectual disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, and others.

In the Olmstead Decision, the Supreme Court held that community-based services should be provided to persons with disabilities when (1) such services are appropriate; (2) the affected persons do not oppose community-based treatment; and (3) community-based services can be reasonably accommodated, taking into account the resources available to the public entity and the needs of others who are receiving disability services from the entity.  

When state psychiatric institutions were closed rapidly in the 1950s and subsequent decades when community-based services were not yet widely available, followed by legislation in the 1980s that drastically reduced spending on mental health services, there was a dramatic increase in homelessness of persons with mental health conditions that persists to the present day. Recent events in which people with mental health issues have had disastrous encounters with law enforcement have further illustrated the scope of unmet needs of individuals with mental health conditions. 

This symposium of the Social Innovations Journal focuses on the progress made in developing community-based services where once there were few or none, creative and innovation models which allow for the greatest level of independence and safety for all community members, as well as policy implications surrounding services and systems which remain fragmented, and best practices and models.

Thursday, April 29, 2021
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT


Welcome: Nicholas Torres, Co-Founder Social Innovations Journal

  • Innovations within Community-Based and Center-Based Services: Tine Hansen-Turton, CEO Woods Services and Co-Founder Social Innovations Journal
  • Meet the Authors: Article Highlights
  • Breakout Groups
  • Large Group Discussion
  • Key Points: Tine Hansen-Turton
  • Closing Remarks: Nicholas Torres

Register here.