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d.s. Feds Issue Warning Over Kids In Nursing Homes
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By Shaun Heasley
September 11, 2012 Text Size A A
Federal officials are threatening legal action after an investigation found hundreds of kids with developmental disabilities needlessly relegated to nursing homes designed to serve the elderly.
The state of Florida is confining children — some just babies — to institutional settings even though they could be appropriately served at home or in more integrated environments with proper supports, according to a U.S. Department of Justice investigation.
In a letter to the state’s attorney general last week, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez said that Florida needs to take corrective action to come into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Otherwise, Perez said the Justice Department may file a lawsuit.
“The state’s reliance on nursing facilities to serve these children violates their civil rights and denies them the full opportunity to develop bonds with family and friends and partake in education, social and recreational activities in the community,” Perez wrote.
Justice Department investigators visited six large nursing homes in Florida where over 200 children with a variety of disabilities are housed. They also spoke with parents, many of whom indicated that they would prefer to care for their kids at home, but have been unable to secure assistance from the state to do so.
In many cases, kids living in the facilities are limited to specific areas and spend little time outside of the homes which resemble hospitals, investigators said. Some children are hundreds of miles from their families.
RE: d.s. Feds Issue Warning Over Kids In Nursing Homes
I have a link to a trailer to a documentary that is about the subject. http://nothomedocumentary.com/ <<< I wish I could order the documentary, it is an interesting documentary to watch and exposes the truth.
It's sad when you have kids, teens, and young adults (ages 18-28) in nursing homes; but with the right assistance, they don't even need to be in a nursing home.
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