Senator Skindell Introduces Legislation To Protect Ohio's Disabled From Abuse And Neglect
Online access to service provider surveys will foster transparency and accountability

Columbus—A 2013 three-part investigative series by Ron Regan of WEWS in Cleveland, prompted Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) to introduce Senate Bill 270 today to protect Ohio’s disabled population from abuse and neglect.

The legislation, dual-sponsored by Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park), would require the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDOD) to provide online access to inspections and surveys conducted on service providers. Similar surveys are posted online for day care providers in Ohio and Medicare/ Medicaid affiliated nursing home providers.

“This report detailing the sexual abuse and neglect of people with disabilities in Ohio is shocking and disheartening,” stated Senator Skindell. “By providing this online access, Senate Bill 270 will foster transparency, assist families in making decisions and hold service providers accountable."

According to the report, there were more than 2,000 cases of physical and sexual assault in disability-related facilities in 2012. Of the 1,587 compliance reviews of service providers conducted by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, 600 failed to follow state regulations.

“It is critical that the proper tools are put in place to ensure that one of Ohio’s most vulnerable populations is being properly cared for,” stated Senator Skindell.

Senators Skindell and Bacon have partnered with the Department of Developmental Disabilities, Disability Rights Ohio and the Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA) to develop Senate Bill 270. A link to the extensive report is available below.

Investigative Report: NewsChannel5 Investigates: Neglect and abuse of Ohio’s Disabled Slips Under the Radar  

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