FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys will ask a federal judge to grant class-action status to a lawsuit alleging the state is unnecessarily institutionalizing about 200 disabled children in nursing homes and cutting services that would allow them to receive care at home.
A hearing is scheduled for Friday.
The lawsuit filed against the state on behalf of several children and their caregivers alleges the children could benefit from care at home or elsewhere in the community. Parents say they have no other option than the nursing homes because the state has slashed in-homes services.
The U.S. Justice Department filed a similar lawsuit against Florida in July, accusing the state of cutting services that would allow the children to receive care at home.
The state has mostly denied the allegations, stating their program for these children is adequate.