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In the last week of September, Governor Brown signed three bills drafted in response to the 2012 investigations into abuse of residents with developmental disabilities in state institutions. In brief: SB 1051 requires that DRC receive reports of suspicious deaths, sexual assaults or physical abuse implicating employees; a companion bill, SB 1522, requires that outside law enforcement agencies — not just the internal developmental center police force — receive immediate notice of suspected abuse. In addition, SB 1377 grants DRC quicker and direct access to reports of incidents involving individuals with developmental and psychiatric disabilities.
Read details of the bills here.Read a California Watch report on the bills here.
Read story about differing views on bill here.