By Shaun Heasley March 29, 2011, Disability Scoop
A federal class action lawsuit is seeking relief for more than 19,000 Florida residents with developmental disabilities who are on a years-long waiting list for community-based services.
The suit, filed last week, alleges that thousands of individuals who are eligible for community-based services through the state’s Medicaid program are instead on a waiting list in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws.
“Plaintiffs have been placed on waiting lists for enrollment on the DD Waivers where they languish for years without services thereby placing them at risk of institutionalization and regression of skills and therapies learned from educational programs,” according to the suit filed by Disability Rights Florida, a nonprofit disability rights group that’s representing the residents....
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