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The recent decision made in the state of Massachusetts to move patients with physical and mental disabilities, including patients with movement disorders, from nursing homes to small group homes has many outraged.
The decision stems from a recent legal settlement involving more than 600 mentally disabled patients.
A settlement was recently reached in the ongoing suit filed by the Center for Public Representation against the U.S. District Court in Springfield.
The suit argued that under federal law, those with disabilities must be provided with the opportunity to exercise personal choice.
According to the lawsuit, this freedom is offered in small groups, but not in nursing homes.
The settlement reached was that by 2012 the state of Massachusetts must create 640 new small group homes and transfer nursing home residents into them.
Parents of children living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities have are upset by the decision stating that at nursing homes the patients receive round-the-clock care, which is something many of them need.
However, this type of care for cerebral palsy patients is not always offered at small group homes.
Some even believe that the state has complied with the decision in order to place patients in less costly care.
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