Cuomo proposes more protections for disabled

By Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed better
protections for about a million New Yorkers with disabilities and special needs under state-funded care through a new agency with authority to monitor the system and investigate and prosecute abuse claims.

Legislation offered Monday would establish a common definition of abuse and neglect for people in residential facilities and other programs and create a single point for reporting and screening abuse allegations. It would have a hotline, incident database and a list of abusive employees banned from working with the disabled.

Cuomo cites decades of problems, including deaths, and a culture where workers fear speaking up.

A new special prosecutor and inspector general with more than 400 staff would oversee six state agencies and contractors.

There were more than 10,000 abuse reports last year.

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