Department of Justice releases a letter of findings to the state of Florida

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a letter of findings to the state of Florida concerning its placement of children with disabilities in nursing homes rather than in their families’ homes or in other more integrated community settings in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. DOJ visited six large nursing homes and found over two hundred children with disabilities, ranging in age from infancy to young adulthood, living in the facilities. DOJ also found that Florida has made cuts to its community-based services and supports program while increasing the amount paid to nursing facilities for the care of the children. Further, DOJ found that Florida fails to assess children with disabilities at the time of their admission to a nursing home in order to identify any services and supports they might need to live in the community. To learn more read the full letter.

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