State Moves to Crack Down on Abuse of Developmentally Disabled

August 17, 2011  |  

(New York Times) — Moving to end the state’s lax oversight of abuse and neglect of the developmentally disabled, the Cuomo administration will announce an agreement with the State Police on Wednesday to establish guidelines for reporting possible crimes against the disabled to law enforcement authorities. The agreement covers the 126,000 developmentally disabled people who live in state and privately run group homes and institutions or who receive a variety of other services from the state. The plan has the potential to reshape how the state approaches enforcement against abuse of the developmentally disabled, though it remains to be seen how it is carried out and what force it has.

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