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News Items / Abuse in Group Homes for the Developmentally Disabled
« on: March 13, 2011, 09:59:42 AM »
Not a "troulbed teen" issue per se, but speaks to the larger issue of institutional abuse.  As it relates to the TTI, mind you it was CQC that took the lead in the investigation of FFS.  What should ring true is the tolerance of behavior by paid staff towards recipients of care by management, union, and state oversight that would never be tolerated if a parent was found doing the same thing.

For the H.R. 911 critics, some ammunition for you as these programs have multiple layers of oversight on paper (State & CQC) but very little in reality.  Also note that these homes are largely located in rural communities ala the TTI. ... .html?_r=1

I was listening to sports talk radio about this earlier today.  A comment about callers saying that because the player in question was a pain in the ass  he deserved his "punishment".  It piqued my interest. ... ike-leach/

Granted, the context here is different.  As a football player, he had the opportunity to quit the team anytime he wanted, and so far this is appears to be one incident and not a pattern of abuse.  Still, it reminds me that there's an unsettling authoritarian streak in this culture that can strike anyone for any reason, as long as that person is deemed "deserving" of such punishment.

Public Sector Gulags / DOJ Report - NYS OCFS Facilities
« on: September 20, 2009, 06:53:15 PM »
I'm surprised that the Department of Justice report of the four OCFS Facilities in New York State didn't get any play on this website.  But now would be as good a time as any to rectify that.  The short explanation is that Governor Pataki came in and put a former prison warden over our juvenile justice system, 12 years of horrific abuses ensued, a new commissioner has come in and tried to clean up the mess, but the employee unions have gotten used to enjoying free rein over their charges.  You want to talk about racist, how about a system that sends black and Latino kids hundreds of miles away from home to pay for the salaries of uneducated white rural folk.

You can read the report here: ... 4-2009.pdf

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