New York State has given control of its system to nonprofit providers, who receive more than $5 billion a year in Medicaid money to house and care for developmentally disabled people.
Tens of thousands of powerful pills created to treat serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia are given to developmentally disabled people in the care of New York State every day.
Teacher’s aide accused of inappropriately touching autistic student.
Roughly 40 percent of the allegations of physical abuse of the developmentally disabled at group homes and institutions in New York in recent months were not reported to law enforcement authorities, a senior state official said on Monday.
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.