Freedom from abuse and neglect

The Alliance to End Sexual Violence in Long Term Care supports advocates who work with long-term care resident survivors of sexual violence. The project is a collaboration between Disability Rights Washington, the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, and the Washington State Long-Term...
Dunakin v. Lashway and Teeter, No. 2:14-cv-00567-JLR, is a class action lawsuit filed in the Western District Court of Washington, for nursing facility residents with intellectual disabilities and related conditions.
People who experience sexual violence in long-term care need advocacy and support. However, studies show long-term care residents who experience sexual violence have little or no access to advocacy. Sometimes a report is made to law enforcement, or there is state abuse response, or a facility takes...
DRW has monitored Washington State facilities serving people with developmental disabilities since the 1970s. As the designated protection and advocacy system for Washington State, federal law provides DRW authority to conduct unannounced visits, meet privately with residents, and review otherwise...
November 1, 2013 At the beginning of 2013, state officials and disability advocates began developing recommendations to improve the state's abuse response system.  Their report, released this October, can be viewed here.  
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An audit, this summer, of the Developmental Disabilities Administration, compared state services against those offered nationally to gauge effectiveness of services and look for improvements.
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DRW's Betty Schwieterman interviewed advocate George Adams regarding stakeholder group efforts to improve the state's abuse response.
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When people who experience mental illness find themselves in Washington’s jails, they may also find themselves waiting -- without a conviction and without mental health care -- as days turn to weeks or months.   DRW’s recently-released report, Lost and Forgotten, chronicles the experiences of...
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The release of the DRW report, Too Little Too Late, stirred media and social network outlets, prompting a formal state response during Gov. Gregoire’s December budget press conference.  The November report highlighted state failure to respond to the abuse and neglect of individuals with...

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