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Thu Aug 22, 2019, 08:26 PM

Georgia's Not Meeting Terms Of Mental Health, Disabilities Agreement, Report Says

Georgia isn’t doing enough to protect people with developmental disabilities from neglect while in state care or to provide housing to people with mental illness, according to a report released this week.

The report is all about Georgia’s compliance with an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice intended to improve the services offered in non-institutional settings to people with certain kinds of disabilities.

“There remain numerous specific obligations in the agreements that have not been fulfilled, as required, for a recommended finding of substantial compliance,” Elizabeth Jones, the independent reviewer tasked with tracking the state’s progress, wrote.

The report says individuals with developmental disabilities are dying while in state care for preventable reasons, often because of “confirmed neglect” by staff caring for those individuals.

Read more: https://www.wabe.org/georgias-not-meeting-terms-of-mental-health-disabilities-agreement-report-says/

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