Investigate Abuses at Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation

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Target: John Armstrong, Surgeon General and Secretary of Health for the State of Florida

Goal: Investigate the alleged abuses of current and former patients at the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation.

The Florida Institute for Neurological Rehabilitation (FINR) claims to be a treatment center with country club-like accommodations for brain-injured patients who are seeking comfort. Yet, Florida’s Department of Children and Families has received 477 allegations of abuse or neglect at the facility since 2005. This startling disconnect demonstrates it is imperative that a thorough state-led investigation reveal what is really happening at FINR.

Various private investigations and personal testimonies reveal a history of abuse at FINR. Staffers have been prosecuted for abusing autistic patients. Multiple wrongful death lawsuits have been settled. Congress even recalled 21 patients from the facility after an investigation into human rights abuses, and found that staff unnecessarily prolonged stays at the center to increase profits. Despite all these events, FINR continues to operate and accept patients.

A recent Bloomberg News report has caused FINR to come under scrutiny once again. Investigative journalist David Armstrong has exposed continuous cases of abuse and deception at the center. Dozens of former patients and family members disclosed stories of beatings, neglect and even deaths at the hands of staffers. Armstrong also determined that the directors of FINR used to run a similar center in the 1990s that was shut down after investigations revealed human rights abuses taking place inside the facility. These allegations are especially disturbing considering it is brain-injured patients that become victims of abuse.

Sign the petition below to urge Florida’s Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a thorough investigation of FINR to prevent further abuses from taking place.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Armstrong,

I am writing you to urge the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a thorough investigation of the Florida Institute for Neurological Rehabilitation (FINR) for the alleged abuses of current and former patients.

Other Florida agencies like the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Health have not fully investigated the allegations of abuse and deaths at FINR, even though various private investigations and personal testimonies have revealed a history of abuse at FINR. Staffers have been prosecuted for abusing autistic patients. Multiple wrongful death lawsuits have been settled. Congress even recalled 21 patients from the facility after an investigation into human rights abuses, and found that staff unnecessarily prolonged stays at the center to increase profits. Despite all these events, FINR continues to operate and accept patients.

Now, a recent Bloomberg News investigation has once again exposed FINR’s trend of abuse and deception, Investigative journalist David Armstrong determined that the directors of FINR used to run a similar center in the 1990s that was shut down after investigations revealed human rights abuses taking place inside the facility. As such, it is absolutely vital that the state of Florida conduct a full investigation to prevent further human rights abuses from taking place at FINR.

Please do all you can to ensure a thorough investigation of the dubious practices at FINR begins taking place as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. When will the abuse and the neglect of the defensless and innocent end?

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