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Home Care For Seniors And Disabled Must Be Enough To Prevent Nursing Home Entry

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Tallahassee, FL – In her 90s and unhappy with nursing home care, Josephine Hollister, wanted only to go back to her home of forty years to live out her life. Like more than 45 thousand...

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Big Changes Coming to Florida’s Medicaid Long-Term Care Program

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

After more than a year of litigation, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has settled with four Plaintiffs who challenged AHCA’s management of the Medicaid Long-Term Care (LTC) Program. As of December 1,...

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Disability Independence Group and Disability Rights Florida Resolve Lawsuit against Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to Provide Services to Deaf Inmates

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

MIAMI – Disability Independence Group, a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities, and Disability Rights Florida, Florida’s federally-funded Protection and Advocacy system for individuals with disabilities, have resolved a lawsuit...

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Disability Rights Florida Saddened By Loss of Staff Attorney Bryan Funk

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

We are saddened to announce the loss of a valued member of the Disability Rights Florida team. Bryan Funk passed away on Friday evening, August 19, 2016, surrounded by his wife, family and friends. Bryan...

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Disability Rights Florida Letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch Regarding Arnaldo Rios

Friday, August 12, 2016

August 5, 2016 The Honorable Loretta Lynch Attorney General United States Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington D.C. 20530-0001 Re: Support for Request for Investigation of Arnaldo Rios Case and Florida's Medicaid Waiver...

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Disability Rights Florida Launches “Access The Vote” Campaign

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – Disability Rights Florida today launched its “Access The Vote” campaign to encourage Floridians with disabilities to vote in upcoming elections. The campaign includes a new accessible website (http://www.AccessTheVote.org) detailing the voting rights and...

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Disability Rights Florida Files Federal Lawsuit Against Three Beach Apartment Complexes Which Do Not Allow Persons with Disabilities to Rent and Live Independently

Monday, July 25, 2016

JACKSONVILLE – Disability Rights Florida, Inc., the Protection and Advocacy Agency for the State of Florida, with the assistance of attorneys from the Florida Justice Institute, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, today filed a civil rights...

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2017 Planning Survey: We Need Your Input!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Disability Rights Florida, Florida's statewide Protection and Advocacy system and Client Assistance Program, is developing its goals and objectives for the upcoming 2017 fiscal year that starts October 1, 2016. We depend on you to...

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Disability Rights Florida Files Lawsuit Against Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for Systemic Violations of Disability Laws

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Disability Independence Group, a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities, and Disability Rights Florida, Florida’s federally-funded Protection and Advocacy organization, have filed a federal lawsuit against the Miami Dade County...

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Maryellen McDonald Receives Stetson College of Law's William Reece Smith Jr. Public Service Award

Friday, January 29, 2016

Maryellen McDonald, executive director of Disability Rights Florida, is the latest recipient of the William Reece Smith Jr. Public Service Award. In 1990, this prestigious award was established by Stetson University’s College of Law to...

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Disability Rights Florida Files Lawsuit against Florida Department of Corrections for Systemic Violations of Disability Laws

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Disability Rights Florida, Florida’s federally-funded Protection and Advocacy organization for individuals with disabilities, has filed a federal lawsuit against the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) over its systemic failure to comply with federal measures intended...

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2015 Annual Report

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Disability Rights Florida is pleased to announce the release of our 2015 Annual Report (PDF). Please take a look inside and learn about some of our successes from 2015, including: Client success stories Investigations into...

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UPDATE: Medicaid Managed Care Program Lawsuit

Monday, December 28, 2015

A United States District Judge denied a motion by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to dismiss a federal claim filed against the agency alleging that AHCA’s flawed implementation and oversight of its Long-Term...

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Peter Sleasman and Kristen Lentz Join Staff

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

We are pleased to welcome Peter Sleasman and Kristen Lentz to the Disability Rights Florida team.  Mr. Sleasman earned his law degree from the University of Florida. Since 2007, he served as an attorney for...

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Disability Advocates Pursue Action Against Jacksonville Zoning Restrictions

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

An area zoning ordinance discriminates against those with mental illness, claims a federal lawsuit filed last week by Disability Rights Florida, the state’s  designated protection and advocacy organization for individuals with disabilities. The suit alleges...

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