The State of Florida Places Disabled Children in Nursing Homes
The Miami Herald reported that the state of Florida was found to be involved in a scandal involving placing disabled children in Florida nursing homes. Court papers were filed by the U.S. Department of Justice addressing Florida's Attorney General.
The U.S. Department of Justice revealed that not only were disabled children being placed in Florida's nursing homes, but they were also victims of systematic neglect and abuse, which has been a persistent problem for a long time. The findings revealed that hundreds of disabled children were wrongfully institutionalized in nursing homes that were meant for the elderly. Behind the closed doors of these nursing homes, child after child was abused neglected and some of the children were kept inside the nursing homes for unreasonably long periods of time.
The Justice Department conducted an in-depth investigation into the maltreatment, misplacement and abuse of hundreds of children with disabilities. They visited with the children, they met with many of their parents and they visited the institutions where the children were being held. Additionally, the Justice Department requested that the state of Florida assist them with the opening of the actual investigation; however, the state of Florida decided not to cooperate with them. The Justice Department's findings proved that the children were poorly supervised, and they weren't receiving proper care or education. They also found that a number of the children weren't allowed to leave the nursing homes unless they were going to a doctor's appointment.
The filing was filled with 22 pages of individual cases, and many of them were heart breaking examples of neglect and abuse. Unfortunately nursing home abuse is already a problem that plagues nursing homes all across the nation and now the state of Florida is extending that abuse down to children with disabilities who cannot defend themselves. The state and these facilities perpetuating the abuse need to be held accountable for their actions against the children institutionalized in these nursing homes as well as the elderly adults who are also being physically abused and neglected by the same caregivers.