Politics As It Happens: NY Times Article on Long-Awaited Abuse Report

The report's principal author was Clarence Sundram. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo hired him as an adviser on vulnerable people.

The report's principal author was Clarence Sundram. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo hired him as an adviser on vulnerable people.

The New York Times has obtained the executive summary and December draft of the abuse report. Governor’s aide says a “Transformational Reform Plan” will be announced soon.

“ALBANY — Nearly 300,000 disabled and mentally ill New Yorkers face a ‘needless risk of harm’ because of conflicting regulations, a lack of oversight and even disagreements over what constitutes abuse, according to a draft state report obtained by The New York Times.

In 2010, the number of abuse accusations at large institutions overseen by the State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities outnumbered the beds in those facilities — a sign of trouble in buildings where many of the state’s most vulnerable residents are housed, and where the state has repeatedly had trouble with abusive employees and unexplained injuries and deaths among residents, according to the report.”

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  • Leslie Hulbert

    I strongly agree with all of Mr. Sundram’s recommendations but would add another recommendation that I believe is critical. Include informed, passionate parents of people with disabilities in the policy making and evaluative process in abuse cases. They are the people that will ensure that the letter and spirit of the law is upheld. Parent’s voices and actions are what have made the most significant changes for people with DD over time and will continue to do so! We need to insist that they be included!