Hutchinson vs. Patrick Settlement
On 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:
- Program for Brain Injured Expands Worlds, Boston Globe
- How the Acquired Brain Injury Waiver Works, Boston Globe
- Brain-injured Plaintiffs Living Fuller Lives After Class Action Lawsuit, Springfield Republican
- Starting Life Over: Lawsuit Helps Man Back Into The Community, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
- A Place of Her Own, Attleboro Sun Chronicle
- Home Free: Woman moves into Silver City house after escaping nursing home 'prison,' Taunton Daily Gazette
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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