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Ryan Farrell

"My recovery continues each day"
Ryan was performing with her cheering squad when a flyer on top of her stunt group fell and landed on her. A short time later, she collapsed and did not regain consciousness. She had sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), along with a collapsed lung and fractured vertebrae in her neck. Read Ryan's story

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Hutchinson vs. Patrick Settlement

Cathy Hutchinson moves into her new home on September 23, 2011On June 2, 2008, a landmark settlement was reached that enables individuals with brain injuries to move out of nursing facilities and into the community.

After living in a nursing home for more than a decade, Cathy Hutchinson, lead plaintiff in the Hutchinson v. Patrick Settlement, moved into a home with four other women who also benefited from the Hutchinson v. Patrick Settlement.

"I never knew how wonderful freedom is. I couldn't be happier." -Cathy Hutchinson  

People who have benefited from the Hutchinson Settlement:

Amended Settlement Agreement in Hutchinson v. Patrick - June 20, 2013:

Nearly 1,200 institutionalized people with brain injuries will have the opportunity to move out of nursing facilities and into community residences over the next six years under an Amended Agreement jointly proposed by state officials and attorneys for the plaintiffs. The Joint Motion, filed on June 20, 2013, summarizes the key terms of the Amended Agreement, including the delivery of community-based services under the Commonwealth’s Money Follows the Person Demonstration and an enhanced education and outreach program to ensure class members are aware of opportunities to leave institutional settings and reside in the community. The Court has approved a Notice to the Class concerning the Amended Agreement, with responses due on July 8, 2013. The parties issued a joint press release on June 21, 2013 to aid in the notice process. A fairness hearing is scheduled for July 11, 2013.

Moving Home: A result of the Hutchinson Settlement

A video has been produced documenting the landmark settlement in Massachusetts that paved the way for brain injury survivors to move out of nursing homes and into the community. It follows 29-year-old survivor Raymond Gould as he moves from the confines of a nursing home to a life of greater freedom and independence.

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