Friday, September 7, 2012

DOJ Finds Florida Violates Olmstead

On Tuesday, the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice issued this findings letter to the State of Florida.  Here's the key intro paragraph:
Our review of the State’s system reveals that the State fails to meet its obligations under Title II of the ADA and its implementing regulations, 28 C.F.R. Part 35, by unnecessarily institutionalizing hundreds of children with disabilities in nursing facilities. Many children entering nursing facilities in the State are unnecessarily separated from their families and communities for years. With adequate services and supports, these children could live at home with their families or in other more integrated community settings. The State’s policies and practices also place numerous other children who have medically complex or medically fragile conditions at risk of placement in nursing facilities and other institutional settings.

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