Assembly Member David Weprin: Advocates Push for 9-1-1 Reporting Bill to Stop Abuse of New Yorkers in Homes for Disabled

Assemblyman David I. Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) was joined by bill co-sponsors Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, Assemblymember Alice Cancel, and Assemblymember Thomas Abinanti; as well as Michael Carey of the Jonathan Carey Foundation, and Disability Rights Attorneys Ilann Maazel & Rob Santoriella to push for the passage of bill A8307 (Weprin)/S6010 (Lanza) to stop the abuse of individuals in homes for the disabled.

By |May 24th, 2016|Latest News|0 Comments

ABC News: Agency Sent Reports of Suspicious Deaths to Abandoned Email

There may be a reason a prosecutor's office says it never received nine reports of suspicious deaths of developmentally disabled people in state care over the past three years: A state oversight agency acknowledged Friday it sent them to an assistant prosecutor's personal email, an account that apparently had been abandoned.

By |May 24th, 2016|Latest News|0 Comments

Advocates call for passage of NY law requiring 911 calls for disabled people under state care

Robert Santoriella, a NYC lawyer who represents disabled clients, said a number of suspicious deaths have occurred that were not promptly reported to police and prosecutors. He said the current system bypassing 911 violates the constitutional right of developmentally disabled people to equal protection under the law.

By |May 24th, 2016|Latest News|0 Comments

ABC News: Advocates call for passage of NY law requiring 911 calls for disabled people under state care

Advocates urged passage of a new law Monday requiring mandatory 911 calls to police when disabled people under the care of the state are injured, replacing the current system which handles most incidents in-house by agency officials.

By |May 24th, 2016|Latest News|0 Comments

WPIX: Lawsuit alleges autistic man ‘crushed to death’ by untrained aide

From WPIX: It's a nightmare come true for anyone who has put the care of a loved one in someone else's hands--especially for the family of a 33-year-old autistic man who died two years ago at the hands of aide workers who were supposed to keep him safe and healthy. Rasheen Rose was sent to [...]

By |April 17th, 2016|Latest News|0 Comments

Lawsuit: Residence for Brain-Injured People Hid Sex Abuse

A federal lawsuit alleges administrators at a residence for brain-injured people covered up a patient's sex abuse last year, allowing the employee to repeat it.

By |April 7th, 2016|Latest News|0 Comments

NY bills for costs of care after alleged cases of abuse

At least three times in recent years, New York has pursued Medicaid reimbursement of $1 million or more from those who allegedly suffered devastating, even deadly, mistreatment while in state care.

By |November 23rd, 2015|Latest News|0 Comments

NY agency to protect the disabled rarely brings charges

In a video he made with his PlayStation, a 12-year-old developmentally disabled boy in a group home points to his swollen right eye and says, "Mom, this is what it looks like. ... He slammed me."

By |October 28th, 2015|Latest News|0 Comments

Children’s center faces abuse lawsuit

A venerable Schenectady-based institution that started as a 19th-century orphanage and has since expanded its services is among those being sued for alleged abuse of a developmentally disabled youngster who lived in one of its facilities.

By |September 2nd, 2015|Latest News|0 Comments

NY settles lawsuits over disabled man’s death, records show

New York is settling lawsuits against staff at a state residence in Queens where a 33-year-old disabled man was killed three years ago when he was restrained, according to court papers and attorneys in the case.

By |May 26th, 2015|Latest News|0 Comments