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Lawsuit Says Mass. Residents Unnecessarily Institutionalized in Nursing Homes Should Have Options for Independent Living

Boston Globe
| Published October 11, 2022

Boston Globe: Lawsuit Says Mass. Residents Unnecessarily Institutionalized in Nursing Homes Should Have Options for Independent Living (October 11, 2022)

Six Massachusetts residents with disabilities who say they’ve been unnecessarily
institutionalized in nursing facilities for prolonged periods filed a class action lawsuit in

federal court Tuesday calling for the state to expand its residential programs so they, and

others with disabilities, can return to living in a community setting, according to the

complaint.

“These are people who want to live in a community and have the ability to with support,
but the Commonwealth isn’t giving them that opportunity,” Andrew London of the

Boston law firm Foley Hoag said
in an interview Tuesday night.
 
The firm is collaborating with the Northampton-based Center for Public Representation, the national advocacy organization Justice in Aging, and Greater Boston Legal Services to represent the plaintiffs. 
 
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