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Facilities Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Study Session

Bringing People Home – On Marsters for guardians, and supported decision-making personnel

May 29, 2024: A webinar explaining the Marsters v. Healey Settlement Agreement, was prepared especially for guardians, supporters in supported decision-making arrangements, and other advocates. The objectives of the webinar are to review basic provisions of the Agreement and review rights available for residents. The Agreement is anticipated to be finalized in federal court in […]

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Facilities Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Study Session

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 […]

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Advocacy Home and Community Based News Study Session

Bringing People Home – On Marsters for NH Advocates and Workers

May 2024 You can read more about the settlement at the Marsters Overview post. Attorneys (Steven Schwartz and Kathy Walker from the Center for Public Representation) for the plaintiffs have prepared a webinar presentation, Bringing People Home – Understanding the Settlement Agreement in Marsters v. Healey. The presentation targets individuals who have regular communication with […]

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Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight

2024-05-14 Spotlight: A Massachusetts disability rights warrior’s posthumous last battle against estate recovery

By Jason Laughlin*Boston Globe, May 12, 2024 In more than four decades of fighting for the rights of people with disabilities, Joe Tringali never got angry. But he sure was persistent. He called, emailed, called again, relentlessly, until he got legislators to listen. Most recently, Tringali’s steady but forceful activism focused on a practice by […]

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Advocacy Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support Overview

Independent Assessment Entity (IAE)

Update: An RFI has been posted by MassHealth (RFI info below). The deadline to Reply to the RFI is June 28. Monday, June 24 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Disability Advocates Advancing our Healthcare Rights (DAAHR) will hold a virtual forum on the IAE. Overview Recently the Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) […]

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Advocacy Facilities Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Overview

Marsters Lawsuit

Marsters Lawsuit Settlement Agreement Reached April 16, 2024 After lengthy negotiations, the Commonwealth and Plaintiffs reached a Settlement Agreement to provide services so that everyone who wants to can come home. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of disabled persons residing in Massachusetts nursing homes who wanted assistance to return to living in the community […]

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Advocacy Facilities Home and Community Based Housing News Testimony

DignityMA TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF H. 4138 – The Affordable Homes Act

Joint Legislative Committee on Bonding, Capital Debt and State AssetsApril 2, 2024 Download (docx) Testimony in Support of H. 4138 – The Affordable Homes Act Dignity Alliance Massachusetts applauds the Healey-Driscoll Administration for their leadership in addressing the issue of housing as proposed in House Bill No. 4138 – the Affordable Homes Act.  The legislation […]

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Home and Community Based News Spotlight

2024-04-02 Spotlight: Governor Healey’s budget proposal threatens 50 years of disability rights

Governor Healey’s budget proposal threatens 50 years of disability rights *Boston Globe, March 28, 2024By Alex Green Her proposal to slash fundamental personal care services for the disabled is baffling. Every day, more than 40,000 Massachusetts residents wake up in their own beds and go about their lives thanks to a personal care attendant. These […]

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Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight

2024-04-02 Spotlight: The Wisdom of Humpty Dumpty

By Richard MooreDignityMA’s poet laureate (aka, Chair, DignityMA’s Legislative Workgroup), with an AI assist Humpty Dumpty, policy bold,Sat on a wall, so we’re told.A vision of streamlining, a central core,For long-term care, they’d have us explore. All the Governor’s horses, men and women,Would centralize forms, again and again.No more local helpers, with faces so kind,Just […]

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Advocacy Facilities Home and Community Based Housing Long Term Services and Support News Overview

Benjamin Healthcare Center Saga

The news below, on Benjamin Healthcare Center’s announced closing, is listed most recent first. DignityMA Offers Help to Attorney Feaster Below are excerpts from an April 5 email sent to Attorney Feaster as he begins to navigate the conditions and options at Benjamin Health Care Center. Best case is for the Center to remain open, […]