MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – The state of Vermont is promising to eliminate a backlog of investigations into complaints of abuse, neglect and exploitation of elderly Vermonters.
In a corrective action plan signed Tuesday, The Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living agreed to eliminate by Oct. 1 the backlog. A number of advocacy groups, including Vermont Legal Aid, had threatened to sue the department if it did not agree to a plan to eliminate what they said was a backlog of 300 cases.
The advocacy groups say the backlog was the result of limited staffing worsened by budget cuts at the division of Adult Protective Services. The action plan includes the hiring of additional staff for investigations and developing a system to ensure prompt response to emergency cases.
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VT For Evolution Response –
It’s fairly common for relatives, friends AND CARE-TAKERS “to take advantage of” or abuse one who is incapacitated. In-fact 90% of the abuse of DD individuals is committed by some one the victim knows personally.
This serious issue of human-rights violation within our Human Services is long overdue. There is extensive documentation showing that some of the “offender population” of Developmentally Disabled (DD) individuals in Vermont are being abused; emotionally, physically, and sexually.
The DD offender population are in “rehabilitation” programs because they have been found incompetent, so they can’t be incarcerated. Organizations that provide these services are PUBLICLY funded, the expense for these services for ONE DD individual costs us around $100,000 ANNUALLY! We are paying top dollar for untrained or under-qualified individuals who (according to many documents) are psychologically unstable themselves. Many of these documents show detailed accounts of Care Providers not following the States “System of Care Plan” nor The guidelines of VT’s “Developmental Disabilities Act”, by directly or indirectly causing physical or emotional injury.