Tuesday, April 3, 2012

NY: State Faults Care for the Disabled

Nearly 300,000 disabled and mentally ill New Yorkers face a “needless risk of harm” because of conflicting regulations, a lack of oversight and even disagreements over what constitutes abuse, according to a draft state report obtained by The New York Times.

In 2010, the number of abuse accusations at large institutions overseen by the State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities outnumbered the beds in those facilities — a sign of trouble in buildings where many of the state’s most vulnerable residents are housed, and where the state has repeatedly had trouble with abusive employees and unexplained injuries and deaths among residents, according to the report.

The report was commissioned by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in response to a Times investigation last year into problems of abuse, neglect and fraud in state homes and institutions for the developmentally disabled. A draft of the report began circulating in October, but has not yet been released to the public; people frustrated by the delay separately provided to The Times an executive summary and a bound copy drafted in December.

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State Faults Care for the Disabled


Betty said...

I would imagine it's basically the same all across the country.

Thelma said...

I would agree.

Tim Lahrman said...

wow --- no wonder the NY authorities ignore the pleas and cries of Gary Harvey's wife ..... they know they are guilty of everything she complains about and so they deamonize her and those who seek to help and support her. What pieces of chiat they are, and "they" know well who I am talking about Judy

Anonymous said...

Gary Harvey is a poster case of abuse and neglect by the state.

Don said...

Maybe someone will do the right thing with health care in general for the disabled and elderly.

Who's Judy?

Ajlounyinjurylaw said...

Sad that the disabled would be tortured by the people that are commissioned to help them.