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New DCF Policies Make It Harder For Disabled Children To Be Sent To Adult Nursing Homes

dcf-florida_Page_2_Image_0001-300x234.jpg Florida has been on the radar of many child-welfare agencies after it was discovered that the state has been funneling sick and disabled children into nursing homes designed for elderly patients. The Department of Children & Families has created new policies essentially raising the bar for children to be admitted to nursing homes. The new policies require “high-level approval before any child in state care can be admitted to a nursing home, or move from any institution to another.” DCF is also seeking out more foster parents who are trained and willing to care for special needs children in an effort to reduce the need for nursing homes.

DCF has custody of almost 15% of children who currently live in nursing homes, but child-welfare bosses have no authority of the care of the minors once they go into the nursing homes. According to insiders, this new policy states that DCF no longer favors institutionalizing children, which goes against the Agency for Health Care Administration, “whose funding formula has forced some parents to put their disabled kids into institutions.”

AHCA’s decision to place children in the nursing homes has come under fire by both state and federal officials. Notably, the United States Department of Justice has threatened to sue the state for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which “requires that people with disabilities be allowed to live and receive care outside large, segregated institutions.” Federal officials state that forcing children to live in adult nursing homes causes isolation and lack of socialization that can curtail their development and lead to psychological disorders; further, at many nursing homes, children receive little education or stimulation and “spend their days in virtual isolation.”

DCF wants its kids out of nursing homes, www.miamiherald.com December 04, 2012.


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