Freedom from abuse and neglect

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For adults with disabilities in Washington's Supported Living Program, the state’s abuse response system has proven itself largely unresponsive to reports of physical harm, sexual assault and even death, according to a report issued by Disability Rights Washington and Columbia Legal Services.
DRW updates
The Department of Justice’s Office on Violence against Women awarded Disability Rights Washington (DRW) a three-year grant this fall.  The purpose of the grant is to improve the statewide sexual assault response system. The project will focus on adults with disabilities who receive long-term care...
Since 2007, DRW has been following instances of procedures like the Ashley treatment, and unwanted or unwarranted medical procedures, performed on persons with disabilities, without knowledge, or consent or against one's wishes.   In some cases, life-saving treatment was withheld from individuals...
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Disability Rights Washington (DRW) recently toured eight county jails across Washington, to better understand how people with disabilities end up in jail, and the conditions under which they are held.  DRW gathered stories and information of individuals with mental health issues or other...
Everyone has the right to live a life free from abuse, neglect and exploitation. Yet, people with disabilities are at greater risk of and experience a higher rate of violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation. DRW works at multiple levels to raise awareness of abuse, neglect and violence in the lives...
Among the most fundamental of human rights is the right to be free from abuse or neglect.
News
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Thirteen months of negotiation with the State yields a collaborative agreement to suspend litigation and build a framework of mental health system reform for children and youth on Medicaid.
Opinion/Editorial
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DRW and the National Disability Rights Network work with disability advocates to assess implications of the controversial treatment, in light of disability and women's rights.
DRW updates
DRW attorney Zach Burr reviews the intent and design of the preadmission screening and resident review (PASSR), with important rights this tool protects, for those who reside in nursing homes.
Opinion/Editorial
Disability Rights Washington is producing a video about how people with disabilities interact with the medical system. This video is a follow-up to Disability Rights Washington’s first video released last month which focused on the harm continued budget cuts have caused for individuals with...

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