Hotline Nets Thousands Of Abuse Claims
One month after launching a hotline to report neglect and abuse of people with disabilities, one state has logged more than 7,200 tips.
New York opened The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs on June 30 as part of a broader effort within the state to address concerns about abuse. The center is a law enforcement agency charged with protecting the state’s roughly one million residents with disabilities.
In its first month of operation, the Justice Center reported that it received over 7,200 reports to its 24-hour hotline. Of them, more than 1,300 allegations of neglect or abuse merited further investigation, officials said in a report documenting the center’s activity.
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What’s more, some 30 cases are now being reviewed by a prosecutor because of suspected criminal activity, they said.
Of the reports submitted to the Justice Center, 3,000 have been deemed “significant incidents.” Another 2,900 related to financial misconduct, were legally-required administrative reports or were outside the scope of the center’s work.
Cases of abuse and neglect are addressed by trained investigators within hours, officials said.