Children with disabilities in integrated setting appropriate to their needs

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014

U.S. v. Florida – 1:13-cv-61576 – (S.D. Fla. 2013)

On July 22, 2013, the United States filed a lawsuit against the State of Florida in federal district court to remedy ADA violations involving the State’s failure to provide services and supports to children with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. The lawsuit alleges that, as a result of the manner in which Florida administers its service system for children with significant medical needs, children with disabilities are unnecessarily segregated in nursing facilities when they could be served in their family homes or other community-based settings. The lawsuit further alleges that the State’s policies and practices place other children with significant medical needs in the community at serious risk of institutionalization in nursing facilities.