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Tragic New York Times Article | DDadvocates.com

Last week I received the following message from one of our readers. It provides a stark reminder of how vulnerable our citizens are and why we must all (friends, family, staff and advocates) be vigilant and involved in each of their programs. To quote one of our early contributors: “If it can happen to one of us, it can happen to any of us.” Let’s renew our common commitment to quality programming in Michigan and across the country and lets finally  realize that attributes such as common sense, care and compassion far out weigh artificial barriers like the number of bedrooms, or the timing of meals or what internal politics rule our management and provider agencies. 

This is the note:

Hi Ed, I came across an article from the New York times that I thought was worthy of sharing.  It was very difficult to read and to watch the video links associated with the story so I do have to offer up a word of caution that it is disturbing (but powerful).

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/nyregion/boys-death-highlights-crisis-in-homes-for-disabled.html?_r=3&pagewanted=2&tntemail0=y&emc=tnt 

Thanks, and keep doing the work you do!


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2 Responses to “Tragic New York Times Article”

  1. Tom says:

    Here is the deeper analysis of the systemic problems that allow such an occurance. The answer is not eliminating "facilities" as these same forms of abuse can (and do) occur in private homes, wherever caregivers
    are needed to provide personal supports and services. The answer is better oversight for all settings: proper background checks, hiring and training practices, licensing and inspection, quality reviews, and adequate funding to hire qualified professional staff. If the state agencies can't even run these contracted group settings properly, how can we expect them to protect our consumers when they are "living alone in the community", out of sight and without proper monitoring. Tom

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