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Illinois Officials Say Group-Home Abuse Reviews Are Better

December 14, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois social services regulators have written legislative leaders about changes made to keep disabled residents in group homes safe.

Human Services Secretary James Dimas says in a Dec. 7 letter that the agency has doubled the number of investigators assigned to allegations of abuse and neglect among clients who have developmental disabilities.

The state Senate’s Human Services Committee is hearing testimony Tuesday from the department after recent articles in the Chicago Tribune which detailed hundreds of cases in which abuse and neglect charges were investigated and cleared by group home employees. Inspector general’s reports are routinely sealed.

Dimas’ letter says the self-policing system has been eliminated and improved procedures help investigators spend more time reviewing cases.

Dimas says the state’s “most vulnerable residents are safer now.”

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