Webinar: Definitions and Tools to Prevent Abuse/Neglect

Webinar: Definitions and Tools to Prevent Abuse/Neglect

If you are an adult with a disability or an elder who has been abused, neglected, or targeted for a crime because of your disability you have special protections. In this training you will learn what abuse, neglect and crime can be and what to do if you are a victim.

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Definitions and Tools to Prevent Abuse/Neglect

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About the webinar:

Whether you live in your own home, group home, nursing home or residential facility like a board and care home you have rights that protect you from being abused, neglected or targeted for a crime. California Mental Health Law defines what is abuse, neglect and crime, who you should report the abuse/neglect to and who is a mandated reporter.

We discussed:

  • What is abuse, neglect and crime?
  • Where to report abuse/neglect?
  • Who is a mandated reporter?
  • Tools on how to stay safe


Maria Garcia is a person with lived experienced. For the last 14 years she has been an Assistant Patients’ Rights Advocate, working for California Office of Patients’ Rights (COPR). COPR specializes in advocating for the rights of patients with mental health disabilities at the state hospitals.

Maria was a Certified Bilingual Teacher for 5 years. After she was diagnosed with a mental health disability, Maria strived to self-advocate for her rights and when she joined COPR she was able to advocate for the rights of patients at DSH-Metropolitan. She recently joined the Peer Self Advocacy (PSA) Unit as Coordinator.

In 2018, she received an Advocacy Achievement Award for her dedication and hard work. Her most important reward comes from knowing that with COPR and PSA people with mental health disabilities have a voice out in the communities and in state hospitals.

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