By MARK JEWELL Associated Press Writer
BOSTON- The state will help brain-injured patients move out of nursing
homes and into communities under a proposed settlement to a lawsuit.
The agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield on Monday is
subject to final approval from a judge.
Representatives of four brain-injured patients and the Brain Injury Association
of Massachusetts filed the lawsuit last year. They alleged the state violated
federal disability law by failing to provide community services for people
with brain injuries, leaving many trapped in nursing homes and institutions.
The plaintiffs say the proposed settlement will enable nearly 2,000 people
statewide to move into community residences. The agreement would create
two programs that are expected to result in at least 200 people per year
leaving nursing homes.