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Elizabeth Priaulx, J.D.

Senior Disability Legal Specialist, National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems

Elizabeth Priaulx is an attorney with cerebral palsy and a mental health consumer who has been with the National Association for Protection and Advocacy Systems (NAPAS) for eight years. NAPAS is the membership association for the protection and advocacy systems (P&As). The P&A System is a federally mandated nationwide disability network created by statute to protect and advocate for the rights of persons with any type of disability through the pursuit of legal, administrative and other appropriate remedies. Ms. Priaulx provides assistance to P&As related to community integration, with a focus on the Medicaid Act, the ADA Integration Mandate, and advance directives. She provides training, legal analysis, and technical assistance to P&A attorneys and advocates nationwide.

Ms. Priaulx has become a leading expert on states efforts to implement the decision and on strategies for promoting meaningful consumer input into the Olmstead planning process. Ms Priaulx, with input from advocates, has developed various Q&A's and fact sheets about the decision, as well as, a Template of Issues Which States Should Consider When Determining Whether They Have A Comprehensive, Effectively Working Plan For Olmstead Compliance, and in the years 2000, 2001, and 2002 published the Olmstead Progress Report: Disability Advocates Report on States Compliance with the Olmstead decision. Additionally, Ms. Priaulx chairs monthly teleconference calls with a group of 25 attorneys and advocates from both inside and outside the P&A System who are litigating ADA integration mandate claims.

Ms. Priaulx obtained her BA in Political Science from Emory University in Atlanta Georgia and her law degree at the American University, Washington College of Law in Washington D.C.