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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Ohio Lawsuit Update

A previous post discussed a lawsuit in Ohio.  The Cincinnati Enquirer reports:
A federal judge ordered state officials on Wednesday to provide speech therapy and other care to an autistic boy in Clermont County who has gone without those services for more than four months.
The judge stopped short, however, of a more sweeping order that the boy’s parents say is needed to get crucial, comprehensive care to their son and other autistic children across Ohio.
The order by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Barrett comes about two weeks after Holly and Robert Young sued the Ohio Department of Health, claiming the state has denied their 2-year-old son, Roman, the therapy he needs to one day become self-sufficient.
Barrett ordered the state to resume the basic services immediately. He also said he would consider the Youngs’ demand for the more intensive therapy, which would involve about 40 hours a week of one-on-one work with a therapist at a cost of about $2,750 a week.
 The state’s lawyers said the therapy still is not widely accepted for use in young children. They also said the responsibility for providing care would shift from the state to local schools after Roman’s third birthday, which is Jan. 20.