‘Transformative’ agreement will help thousands of people leave Mass. nursing homes

Below is an excerpt from an article published by GBH on April 17 discussing a recent agreement that will help thousands of Massachusetts residents transition out of nursing homes. Center for Public Representation’s Steven Schwartz and Greater Boston Legal Services’ Deborah Filler are quoted


Thousands of people who have been “warehoused” in Massachusetts nursing homes due to insufficient alternatives could soon receive the support they need to live independently.

Gov. Maura Healey’s administration on Tuesday announced that they reached an agreement on a federal class action lawsuit, filed in October 2022 in Boston, which contended Massachusetts was violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by allowing tens of thousands of people with disabilities to languish in nursing facilities, even though they could live on their own with proper support services. The David Marsters v. Maura Healey agreement, still subject to court approval, will expand and create new programs to help people transition out of facilities.

Disability advocates are praising the agreement and its potential to dramatically restructure how the state supports elderly residents and people with disabilities.

“We really believe it’s going to transform Massachusetts’ long-term services for people with disabilities in the community,” said Steven Schwartz, special counsel with the Center for Public Representation, one of the groups that represented the plaintiffs.

Read more at GBH.