Feds: Fla. keeping disabled kids in nursing homes

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Federal investigators say Florida officials are violating federal law by unnecessarily warehousing hundreds of children with disabilities in nursing homes.

The Department of Justice sent a letter to Attorney General Pam Bondi this week, saying that in visits to six nursing homes around the state investigators identified numerous children who didn’t need to be there and “would benefit from moving home with their families or other community settings.”

Federal officials concluded the state has made it difficult for children to get medical services that woul allow them to move home.

According to the letter, Florida’s system has led to “unnecessary segregation and isolation of children, often for many years, in nursing home facilities.”

Bondi’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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