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For the Developmentally Disabled, Harm in Safe Havens

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 25, 2011 at 10:33 am

This article written by Danny Hakim for The New York Times reported on a subject which merits periodic review and if you’ll pardon my phrase dusting off. It discusses that subsequent to the desinstitualization or the closure of the former facilities (old warehouses) of the developmentally disabled the patients unable to be maintained at home with family were placed in community settings. Within these community settings are state employees who are at times untrained in the appropriate care of patients. This article reveals some staff have criminal convictions to include crimes of violence either related to or unrelated to their state jobs. This article discusses assaults, neglect, sexual abuse and other improprieties perpetrated by staff on the residents of these group homes. It reviews the relative inefficiency, mismanagement, fraud, waste and abuse by managerial personnel. It discloses an instance of efforts at whistleblowing to The Office of The Governor as well as state agencies which purportedly ensure the appropriate protection, care and safety of these clients. These whistleblowing efforts apparently have been met by retaliatory efforts by those exposed. This article should stimulate discussion and debate hopefully leading to much needed change! Please enjoy the article:

William B. Hazel, III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

For the Developmentally Disabled, Harm in Safe Havens

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