Wide spread abuse but the agencies hands are often tied because of the disciplinary and arbitration rules involving the workers’ union


Ricky W. Sousie was put on probation after he had physically assaulted a co-worker in 1992.

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Workers Keep Their Jobs, Even After Repeat Offenses

If you have information about abuse occurring in homes for the mentally disabled that you would like to share with The Times, e-mail tips@nytimes.com.

Shocking Revelations of Abuse of the Disabled
Support the Carey’s Call for Hearings
The New York Times has published the results of a year-long investigation into the sometimes appalling abuse that regularly takes place in New York group homes and facilities for the disabled. More shocking is the failure of state agencies such as the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and the Office of Mental Health to provide even minimal safeguards for residents, and an institutional reflex to hide and cover-up abuse.The Times reporting vindicates the work of activists Michael and Lisa Carey whose 13-year old son Jonathan was killed by his caretakers at the O. D. Heck Developmental Center in 2007. The Carey’s have lead the effort to pass half a dozen laws to make these facilities safer, with a higher level of surveillance and higher standards for personnel. But their work is far from over. And they need our help.

As a first step the legislature needs to hold investigative hearings. Please click on the Take Action Link above to send an email to your Assemblymember and State Senator asking them to hold hearings as soon as possible.

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You can read the New York Times article below.

At State-Run Homes, Abuse and Impunity

By Danny Hakim

Nearly 40 years after New York emptied its scandal-ridden warehouses for the developmentally disabled, the far-flung network of small group homes that replaced them operates with scant oversight and few consequences for employees who abuse the vulnerable population.

A New York Times investigation over the past year has found widespread problems in the more than 2,000 state-run homes. In hundreds of cases reviewed by The Times, employees who sexually abused, beat or taunted residents were rarely fired, even after repeated offenses, and in many cases, were simply transferred to other group homes run by the state.

And, despite a state law requiring that incidents in which a crime may have been committed be reported to law enforcement, such referrals are rare: State records show that of some 13,000 allegations of abuse in 2009 within state-operated and licensed homes, fewer than 5 percent were referred to law enforcement. The hundreds of files examined by The Times contained shocking examples of abuse of residents with conditions like Down syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy.

At a home upstate in Hudson Falls, two days before Christmas in 2006, an employee discovered her supervisor, Ricky W. Sousie, in the bedroom of a severely disabled, 54-year-old woman. Mr. Sousie, a stocky man with wispy hair, was standing between the woman’s legs. His pants were around his ankles, his hand was on her knee and her diaper was pulled down.
Please follow this link to the New York Times website to read the rest of the article.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/13/nyregion/13homes.html

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