I cry all the time thinking of my child
July 23, 2013 9:44 AM Subscribe
posted by roomthreeseventeen (50 comments total)
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The Department of Justice filed
yesterday (after a long investigation
) against the state of Florida alleging the state is in violation
of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in its administration of its service system for children with significant medical needs.
The DOJ sent a warning
in 2011, stating that Florida was unnecessarily institutionalizing hundreds of disabled children in nursing homes, when, with appropriate services, many or all of them could live at home.
According to the complaint, even after Florida supposedly took steps this year to move more out of institutions, nearly 200 children with disabilities are still living in them, where they have only limited interaction with non-disabled people and are often far from their families and friends. Additionally, unannounced health official visits that are cited in the DOJ complaint, including one facility that had 17 kids in an activity area supervised by a single adult.
In September 2012, Governor Scott turned down $40 million in federal health care funds
that would keep hundreds of disabled kids at home with their parents, rather than warehoused in nursing homes.