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September 27, 2021
On September 27, 2021, Judge Michael Ponsor approved the Joint Motion for Dismissal in Hutchinson v. Patrick, finding the defendants to be in substantial compliance with the 2013 Amended Settlement Agreement. This Order concludes a 14-year class action lawsuit which dramatically expanded outreach, transition planning, and home and community-based services for individuals with Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI) in Massachusetts.
September 16, 2021
On Monday, October 18th, Morgan Whitlatch will assume her new role as Director of CPR’s Supported Decision-Making initiatives. She is succeeding Michael Kendrick, who has overseen CPR’s myriad SDM pilots and monitored the SDM virtual resource library since 2016.
August 24, 2021
On August 24, 2021, CPR joined Massachusetts officials in requesting dismissal of Hutchinson v. Patrick, an ADA class action lawsuit which dramatically expanded outreach, transition planning, and home and community-based services for individuals with Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI). Originally filed in 2007, the Hutchinson case was brought on behalf of thousands of persons with ABI who were unnecessarily institutionalized in nursing and long-term rehabilitation facilities.
August 10, 2021
CPR and its partners, the Disability Rights Center of Kansas, AARP Foundation, and the law firm Shook, Hardy & Bacon, have reached an agreement with the State of Kansas to expand mental health services and provide more community residential options for individuals living in, or at risk of being admitted to, Nursing Facilities for Mental Health (NFMHs).
July 12, 2021
In a 2-1 decision, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a 2020 FDA rule banning the use devices that deliver electric shocks to individuals with self-injurious and aggressive behaviors. he devices at issue, also known as Graduated Electronic Decelerators (GEDs), are manufactured and used in only one program – the Judge Rotenberg Center based in Canton, Massachusetts.