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Cuomo signs law for new oversight of disabled care

Posted at: 12/18/2012 9:26 AM
By: Associated Press

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to create a new state agency he says will better protect about a million New Yorkers with disabilities and special needs under state-funded care.
    
The law will establish a new special prosecutor and inspector general, with more than 400 staff, to oversee six state agencies and their contractors.
    
It will establish a single point for reporting and screening abuse allegations for those in residential care and day programs.
    
The agency will have a hotline, statewide incident database and a list of employees banned from working with the disabled because of abusive behavior.
    
Critics, including a man whose autistic son died in state care, caution the agency will perpetuate abuse and cover-ups because the law doesn't create true independent oversight of the system.
    
The signing was announced Monday.