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Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:20 pm Post subject: Justice for NYers with Special Needs
From Jun 19, 2012 to Jun 21, 2012 (included)
|Dear Fellow New Yorker,
Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, including advocates and family members of those with special needs, have voiced their support for the Governor’s Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. They came to Albany, they attended events across the state, and they spread the word online – emailing friends and family and sharing www.Justice4SpecialNeeds.com on Facebook and Twitter.
Thanks to the support of the people of New York, and the willingness of our Legislature to work together, an agreement was reached Sunday by the Governor and legislative leaders. The bill, which will be voted on this week, puts into place the strongest standards and practices in the nation to protect those with special needs or disabilities.
This crucial legislation will transform the lives of countless people with special needs by tracking and preventing cases, as well as investigating and prosecuting reports of abuse and neglect.
Click here to read more about the agreement.
The Governor's Justice Center includes:
• An Executive Director, Special Prosecutor and Inspector General, and a staff that includes trained investigators, lawyers and administrators to investigate reports of abuse and neglect and prosecute allegations of criminal offenses.
• Creation of a statewide 24/7 hotline staffed by trained professionals to ensure that allegations of abuse are promptly reported to law enforcement and fully and effectively investigated.
• Comprehensive Statewide Database to track and monitor abuse complaints in order to spot trends.
• Development of a register of workers who have committed serious or repeated acts of abuse who will be prohibited from ever being hired again in any position where they would work with people with disabilities or special needs.
• Consolidation of Background Checks on individuals applying for a job or other position dealing with people with special needs and disabilities across certain state agencies.
• Development of common standards for investigations and requirements to be used to train investigators.
• Strengthened Anti-Abuse Laws, including enhanced criminal penalties for endangering the welfare of people with disabilities and special needs, and a stronger ability for prosecutors to prove cases of sexual abuse.
More than one million New Yorkers with special needs will now get the protection and justice they deserve. By working together, we are making government work for the people.
Thank you for getting involved,
The Office of the Governor