Federal judge orders Florida child welfare and health administrators to stop placing medically fragile kids in nursing homes
U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks has ruled that Florida must find better placement options for medically fragile kids and neglected disabled children who are placed in nursing homes. According to an article in the Miami Herald, about 140 medically fragile children live in nursing homes, with another 1,800 at risk.
Parents of medically fragile children have had to utilize nursing homes because many of these kids need constant care. Unfortunately, the system largely relies on managed care providers who are unaccountable to the state, which has created major issues for these families.