Abuse response system

Abuse Response System - 2008

Washington’s system for responding to abuse and neglect of adults is currently failing to provide the protection that adults with disabilities need in order to live safely and with dignity. Therefore, it is the recommendation of this report that the State of Washington engage in a rigorous evaluation of its system for responding to allegations of abuse and neglect of adults with  disabilities in order to propose concrete steps to improve this system. This report describes how the effectiveness of investigations is compromised by poorly conducted investigations, low substantiation rates, and lack of adequate policies and resources. This report also discusses  other related issues including assessment of allegations, enforcement of mandatory reporting statutes, and the protection of alleged victims of abuse during ongoing investigations.

The following federal funding partners shared in the cost of producing this material: the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities AIDD (G0801-WAPA48); the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA (3X98SM005397-08S1); and the Rehabilitation Services Administration RSA (H240A140048). These contents are the sole responsibility of Disability Rights Washington and do not necessarily represent the official views of AIDD, SAMHSA or RSA.