The Brain Injury Community Integration ProjectThe Center's Brain Injury Community Integration Project is a multi-year initiative that will give institutionalized nursing facility residents with brain injuries the opportunity to live more normal lives in integrated, community-based settings with appropriate support services. The Project is guided by the nationally-acclaimed Settlement Agreement in Hutchinson v. Patrick, a federal class action initiated by the Center and its co-counsel, WilmerHale LLP, on behalf of 9,000 Medicaid-eligible adults with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). The lawsuit successfully challenged their inappropriate institutionalization under the Americans with Disabilities Act and federal Medicaid law, and vindicated their right to receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.
The Project's primary goals are to develop and actively oversee implementation of the new Medicaid-funded community-based service system, including the Acquired Brain Injury Waiver program (ABI Waiver), support statewide education and outreach efforts in collaboration with the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIAMA), and facilitate the transition of institutionalized persons with brain injuries to integrated community living.
The Center's Brain Injury Community Integration Project is available to offer information, support and advocacy to participants seeking ABI Waiver services, engaged in the transitional planning process, or found to be ineligible for waiver services. The Project also monitors implementation of the ABI waiver services in the community and welcomes feedback from applicants and families regarding their experiences. For more information, or to share your story, please contact the Center for Public Representation at (617) 965-0776.