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HHS and DOJ issue technical assistance for child welfare systems under the Americans with Disabilities Act and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act - 8/10/15



50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964



OCR Ensures Expanded Language Assistance Services at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital - 8/28/12

Simsbury, CT Agrees to Modify ADA Policy for Summer Camp - 4/16/12

Settlement agreement reached with Advanced Dialysis Centers - 2/17/12



East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System to Ensure Effective Communication with Deaf or Hard of Hearing Patients – 12/08/11

HHS Office for Civil Rights Enforces Section 504 and the ADA – 10/18/11

Leon Rodriguez is appointed Director of HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) – 9/13/11

HHS issues new regulation to enforce Federal Health Care Provider Conscience Rights

Voluntary Resolution Agreement Signed Rhode Island DHS



UPMC agrees to expand access to care after closure of UPMC Braddock

Remarks by President Obama on 20th Anniversary of the ADA -7/26/10 (

Secretary Sebelius announces $2.25 billion in grants in honor of the 20th anniversary of the ADA -7/26/10

ADA Guidance on Access to Medical Care for Individuals with Mobility Disabilities

Resolution Agreement with WA State to Ensure Equal Access to Child Protective & Welfare Services -7/7/10

Race and Disability Discrimination Complaints in Wisconsin TANF Program to be Resolved by Statewide Agreement 

Windsor Rosewood Care Center in Contra Costa County (CA) Signs Agreement - 3/23/2010

Orthopedic Institute of Pennsylvania Signs Settlement Agreement

University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics Signs Resolution Agreement

Florida Department of Children and Families Signs Settlement Agreement  



OCR & The Joint Commission Team Up in Language Access Education Effort

OCR Secures Settlement Agreement with Texas Orthopaedic Surgeon

Resolution Agreement between OCR & Montgomery County Department of Social Services,  NY

Resolution Agreement between OCR & Mid-Maryland Musculoskeletal Institute, MD

Settlement Agreement between OCR & Fort Washington Medical Center, MD

Statement by HHS Secretary Sebelius On U.S. Signing of UN Treaty on Rights of Persons with Disabilities - 7/30/09 

Statement by HHS Secretary Sebelius On the 10th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision Olmsteadv. L.C. -6/22/09

Corrective Action by Medco Health Solutions, Inc

Resolution Agreement between OCR & Washington DSHS -5/21/09

Settlement Agreement between OCR, Alaska DHSS, & Anchorage Pioneer Home

Notice on Civil Rights Obligations Applicable to the Distribution of Funds under ARRA  



Voluntary Resolution Agreement signed with NY Schenectady County Department of Social Services - 11/18/08

State of Hawaii Department of Human Services (serving a state population of more than 1.2 million) signs statewide Settlement Agreement to ensure limited English proficient persons receive equal access to its programs and services.

State of Georgia signs statewide Olmstead Settlement Agreement to ensure individuals with disabilities receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.  - 7/1/2008  

New OCR Success Stories: Olmstead / New Freedom Initiative /Community Integration for Persons with Disabilities. -  7/1/2008

Recent Civil Rights Complaint Resolutions: - 4/30/08



OCR and the Administration for Children and Families jointly develop civil rights Frequently Asked Questions and Answers - 9/27/07

OCR posts summary of a comprehensive compliance agreement with SC to ensure compliance with nondiscrimination laws in adoption and foster care activities - 9/24/07

OCR Announces New Initiative to Assist Hospitals in Communicating with People who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Limited English Proficient - 3/6/07

OCR resolution agreement ensures that people with learning disabilities have equal access to participate in and benefit from Massachusetts’ Employment Services Program. - 1/16/07



OCR launches new web pages on effective communication in hospitals- 12/21/06

OCR updates Report of Success in Facilitation the Community Integration of People with Disabilities with cases from the following states:

  • New Jersey: New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Disability Services (OCR Docket: # 05-37926 & # 05-35716)
  • Maryland: Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (OCR Docket # 99-06827)
  • West Virginia: West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services(OCR Docket # 04-26731)
  • Washington: Washington Department of Social and Health Services (OCR Docket # 02-01413) - 9/27/06

Emergency Preparedness Planning and Response - 6/27/06

OCR Promising Practices: Grassroots Outreach Efforts to Reach African American Communities about Health Disparities, Race Discrimination, and Title VI - 6/12/06



Hurricane Katrina Bulletin #2: Compliance Guidance and Enforcement Statement - 9/9/05

Bulletin: Disclosing PHI in Emergency Situations - 9/2/05

Surgeon's Call to Action to Improve the Health and Wellness of Persons with Disabilities - [7/26/05]

What's New - OCR Updates Report of Success in Facilitating the Community Integration of People with Disabilities - [7/20/05]

  • OCR has released an updated version of "Delivering on the Promise: OCR's Compliance Activities Promote Community Integration." This document summarizes the satisfactory resolution of complaints filed with OCR on or on behalf of approximately 250 individuals with disabilities. These complaints alleged that individuals were denied the opportunity to receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. OCR is producing this document in accord with HHS' response to President Bush's Executive Order 13217, Community-Based Alternatives for People with Disabilities, and HHS' commitment to broadly disseminate individual accounts of how civil rights compliance activities have facilitated community integration. (See Delivering on the Promise, HHS' Report to the President on Executive Order 13217)

OCR adds new HIV/AIDS resource pages - 5/16/05

HUD issues Notice providing guidance on initiatives to assist housing search of families with a person with disabilities - 2/1/05 (PDF - 65.9KB) (



LEP Know Your Rights Beneficiary Brochure:

CMS State Medicaid Directors Letter on "Money Follows the Person" - 8/17/04

OCR enters into agreement on TANF and disability issues with Oregon Department of Human Services- 8/6/04

Executive Order 13447: Individuals with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness- 7/26/04

OCR and ACF enter into agreement with State of Ohio and Hamilton County, Ohio regarding nondiscrimination on the basis of race in adoption and foster care - 7/21/04  SummaryAgreementLetter of Finding - 10/20/03

Fortieth Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 "Remembering the Past, Moving Forward" – 7/13/04

40th Anniversary Commemoration of the Civil Rights Act of 1964- 7/13/04



Federal Register Notice: Comment Period for revised LEP Guidance extended to January 6, 2004 [PDF- 1 page] - 12/16/2003

OCR issues Letter of Findings regarding Hamilton County, Ohio and the State of Ohio, finding discrimination on the basis of race in foster and adoption care - Director's Statement (PDF-60 pages) - 10/21/2003 / OCR Letter of Findings - [PDF] Note: the Letter of Findings uses pseudonyms to protect personal privacy

Federal Register Correction: Deadline for comments on revised LEP guidance is December 8, 2003- 9/30/03

OCR and ACF disseminate self-assessment tool to facilitate non-discrimination in foster care and adoption - 8/5/03

OCR has released a new document, "Delivering on the Promise: OCR's Compliance Activities Promote Community Integration," summarizing the satisfactory resolution of more than 100 "most integrated setting" complaints filed with OCR by individuals with disabilities. OCR is producing this document in accord with HHS' commitment to broadly disseminate individual accounts of how civil rights activities have facilitated the community integration of people with disabilities - March 28, 2003



Delivering on the Promise: Compilation of Individual Federal Agency Reports of Actions to Eliminate Barriers and Promote Community Integration - 3/25/02