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.
This pub tells you about representative payees. Representative payees help you budget and spend your Social Security payments. The pub tells you what they do. The pub tells you who decides you need one. It tells you what to do if they are misusing your money.
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.