Father And Daughter Sue New Jersey For Institution Bias
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 7, 2003
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY--Eighteen-year-old Maria Tetto and her father, Frank Tetto, have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice claiming New Jersey violates her civil rights and those of other people with disabilities by not providing home health services.
The Tettos say they filed the complaint last month against the state Division of Developmental Disabilities for two reasons.
One reason is that, even though Maria has qualified for in-home nursing services since she recovered from a 1998 automobile accident, several state-certified provider agencies have told her there are no nurses available to meet her needs.
The second reason is that New Jersey heavily favors nursing homes and other institutions over community-based supports. While most people with disabilities in the state live at home, only 6.6 percent of the DDD budget goes to help a person stay in their own home, Frank Tetto told the Mount Olive Chronicle.
"We feel that this is a violation of the civil rights of persons with disabilities. They, or their qualified care-givers, should have the option of remaining in a home setting, which is far cheaper than the institutional settings the state supports," said Frank Tetto.
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