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Bringing People Home – Marsters Info for attorneys, paralegals, and legal advocates

May 29, 2024: The Center for Public Representation (CPR) and Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) have prepared a webinar especially for attorneys, paralegals, and legal advocates explaining the Marsters v. Healey Settlement Agreement.. The objectives of the webinar are to review basic provisions of the Agreement and describe avenues for ongoing advocacy for class members during the implementation period. The Agreement is anticipated to be finalized in federal court in later June.

You can read more about the settlement at the Marsters Overview post.

Presented By:

  • Steven Schwartz of the Center for Public Representation
  • Kathy Walker of the Center for Public Representation
  • Deb Filler of Greater Boston Legal Services

For questions about the Agreement, contact Kathy Walker, 413-341-5111 ( ) or Deborah Filler, 617-603-2716 (

Marsters v. Healey was filed by seven individuals with disabilities who are living in nursing facilities in Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Senior Action Council brought against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs claimed that they had a right to live in the community but needed support from the State to do so.

This Settlement Agreement will expand the resources available throughout Massachusetts for individuals such as the plaintiffs and thousands of people like them, allowing many nursing facility residents to receive residential services and supports provided in the community instead of in a nursing facility.

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