Abuse and Neglect
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Staff can sometimes hurt people in developmental centers. We call this abuse. When looking into abuse, sometimes centers do not follow the law. DRC suggests changes to prevent abuse in developmental centers.
This pub talks about how people with disabilities have a higher chance of being victims of abuse. The pub explains why this problem is a challenge for the whole state.
What is a representative payee or rep. payee?
A rep. payee is someone the Social Security Administration (SSA) chooses to help you budget and spend your Social Security money. How do you tell if you have a rep. payee? You are getting monthly benefits called SSI or SSDI, and SSA has chosen someone to handle your benefits payments for you. Your rep. payee can be a person or an agency.
This pub describes what happened when a hospital ignored a patient’s treatment wishes. When the patient was unconscious, they stopped his treatment. As a result, he died. The pub gives options for handling this kind of situation in the future.
This pub lists our findings about licensing citations when people die in nursing homes. We found that licensing gave lower fines when staff contributed to the deaths.
Prone restraint is dangerous. This pub talks about the dangers. It asks people to stop using it. We want to make people safer.
Police are often the first ones to come when there is a 911 call. Many do not know how to help a person with a mental health disability who is in crisis. This pub talks about training police so they know how to help.
This pub talks about the risks of drugs to treat mental health disabilities. These drugs can be dangerous. When doctors give several at the same time, they are very dangerous. We ask doctors to put safeguards in place to protect patients.
If you are an adult with disability or an elder, there are protections to help you. If abuse or neglect happens to you, the protections can help you. They can also help if you are the target of a crime because of your disability. This pub explains the protections available.
You may have to report abuse or neglect of an elder or adult with a disability. This pub tells you what abuse and neglect are. It tells you who has to report abuse and neglect. It tells you how to report abuse and neglect.
This pub is for representative payees of people getting Social Security benefits. It talks about the duty to act in the best interest of the person. A payee has to manage and keep track of the person’s money, and advocate for them.
As a representative payee (rep. payee), you have a duty to act in the best interest of the beneficiaries you serve.1 The three major responsibilities of the rep. payee are: money management; accounting and reporting; and advocacy.
This pub talks about seclusion and restraint in schools. It talks about needed changes. We want seclusion stopped. We want restraint used only when necessary. We want agencies to make sure schools use them correctly.
This pub looks at California’s education laws on seclusion and restraint in schools. Other states passed laws to stop using seclusion and restraint. This pub asks California to do the same.
The pub looks at how the Department of Developmental Services responded to cases of abuse. This pub talks about people who had injuries to their private parts. The pub gives the reader details on what happened in each case.
The law says DRC can go into places where people with disabilities live. We can investigate abuse and neglect, train people and make sure the place is treating people right. This pub explains the law that lets DRC do this.
This report describes 12 cases of physical and sexual abuse of nursing home residents by caregivers and traces the handling of these crimes through California’s abuse response and criminal justice systems.
This pub talks about housing rights when people live in a rental apartment, a room and board, or a board and care. The pub explains ways to protect housing rights when evicted. It also explains rights that protect against unsafe living settings.