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Report: Disabled, Mentally Ill in NY Care at Risk


ALBANY, NY (WAMC) - A draft state report on weaknesses in New York's $17.9 billion system for providing care to people with a wide range of disabilities says a lack of consistent standards for preventing abuse and neglect is putting thousands of people at risk. WAMC's Dave Lucas has details...

The New York Times reports that the review found a lack of consistent policies, record-keeping and prevention efforts at the six agencies responsible for the care of almost 300,000 people with disabilities or mental illness.

Among the issues documented in the 105-page report are differing policies on when law enforcement is called in after abuse claims and whether internal investigators are trained. The review also found varied definitions of abuse and neglect at the agencies.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration says it's preparing changes to address the problems.

Dave Lucas, WAMC News. 


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