Inspectors make surprise visit to beleaguered Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation

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This morning, investigators and staff from three agencies – the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the Department of Health (DOH), and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) – initiated an unannounced inspection visit to FINR, a transitional living facility, in Hardee County that is licensed to serve individuals with severe head trauma, brain and spinal cord injuries.

“We are all concerned about the care, safety and well-being of the residents of the Florida Institute of Neurological Rehabilitation,” said AHCA Secretary Liz Dudek. “Maintaining a strong partnership among sister agencies is important given the different authorities and roles of each.”

The Agency for Health Care Administration licenses transitional living facilities, while the Department of Health monitors services for persons with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. The Department of Children and Families investigates allegations of abuse and neglect of children and vulnerable adults.

“Today shows inter-agency collaboration in action as we work together to protect patients and promote safe environments,” said Department of Health Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong.

All three agencies will review the information gathered and will determine the most appropriate plan of response depending on the findings.

“We will continue to investigate any allegations of abuse or neglect to this vulnerable population and provide this information to law enforcement and the other agencies involved,” said DCF Secretary David Wilkins.

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