Florida enhances program for disabled children

Published On: Jan 11 2013 07:12:55 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 11 2013 09:03:52 AM EST

Florida is enhancing its efforts to get severely disabled children out of nursing facilities and back home.

The head of the agency that oversees the care of those children, though, on Thursday continued to deny allegations they are being warehoused in nursing homes that fail to provide for their educational and social needs.
The accusations come from families of some children who have filed a lawsuit and the Department of Justice, which also has threatened to sue the state.
Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Liz Dudek said she has visited the six nursing homes involved and found them to be even better than she thought.
The new program assigns a medical nurse care coordinator to each child whose duties include helping parents who want to bring their children home.


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