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BIA-MA earns award for video

WESTBOROUGH — The Brain Injury Association of America has honored the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) with a top award for the video “Moving Home: A Landmark Settlement.”
The video chronicles a 29 year-old survivor of brain injury who was able to move from a nursing home into the community as a result of the landmark settlement of Hutchinson v. Patrick. The national honor was presented to BIA-MA at the Brain Injury Association of America’s Annual State Affiliate Leadership Conference, which took place last month in St. Petersburg, Fla.
“This video documents how survivors of brain injury can recover, grow and thrive if given proper services and a chance to live more independently,” Arlene Korab, executive director of BIA-MA, said. “This is the first successful case for survivors of brain injury in the country; we are pleased that the rights and needs of survivors are finally being recognized.”
The class action lawsuit, initiated by BIA-MA in 2006, was filed by the Center for Public Representation (CPR) and the law offices of WilmerHale in 2007 on behalf of five plaintiffs, BIA-MA and the Stavros Center for Independent Living. The case was settled in 2008, and thus far, 53 individuals with brain injury have moved from nursing homes into the community and another 60 have started the transition process.
Eligible persons benefit from transitional and long-term services, including Medicaid funded services and community-based supports. An individual service plan is developed to ease the discharge process and support the participant once living in the community.
“I urge survivors of brain injury living in nursing homes and families to learn about the opportunities provided by this settlement,” Korab said. “We’ve seen so many lives being changed for the better.”
Applications for the ABI waiver (non-residential only) will be accepted through Dec. 23. To learn more about the process, go to www.biama.org and view BIA-MA’s award winning video Moving Home (YouTube) or call Medicaid 1-866-281-5602.
BIA-MA is a private, non-profit organization that provides support services to survivors of brain injury and their families and serves as an advocate for their rights and needs. The association also offers programs to prevent brain injuries and educates the public on the risks and impact of brain injury on family and society.
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