Why So Much Abuse Is Allowed to Continue in Residential Care


The stories are beyond horrifying: an autistic boy crushed to death by a “restraint” gone awry; a disabled woman’s diaper pulled aside as she is raped; an elderly woman left to lie on a urine-soaked box spring for six days after being beaten.

In two of the nation’s largest states, major media investigations this spring revealed hellish conditions in institutions for the disabled: The New York Times exposed ongoing violations, including physical and psychological abuse, in state-run homes for the developmentally disabled, while the Miami Herald uncovered similar tales of maltreatment and neglect in assisted-living homes for the elderly.

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