FINR and Disability Rights Florida settle dispute


The Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation (FINR) and Disability Rights Florida settled a lawsuit in a Tampa court last week after Disability Rights Florida alleged that FINR was blocking its efforts to investigate instances of patient abuse.

Prior to the hearing Jay Adams, regulatory counsel for FINR, had said that “FINR has always allowed Disability Rights Florida immediate and unlimited access to investigate abuse allegations,” and that “it has also been the practice of FINR that when an advocate from Disability Rights Florida requests to see or speak to a patient, unrelated to an abuse investigation, that they make an appointment 24-hours in advance to assure that the patient is available at the time the advocate comes.”

FINR and Disability Rights Florida came to an agreement that FINR would continue to provide the organization with unfettered access to the facility and patients when an allegation of abuse or patient mistreatment is made.  In turn, Disability Rights Florida agreed to make an appointment 24-hours in advance when they are making a routine visit to the facility.

The Wauchula-based brain injury rehabilitation facility is also challenging an agency rule after the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) ordered the facility to develop a discharge plan for 50 patients who currently reside at FINR.