In 2009 and 2010, DRC investigated the deaths of two individuals who were served by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services/Area Agencies. DRC found that these deaths were preventable. DRC also reviewed the circumstances of four earlier deaths and found that they were caused by the same or similar failures on multiple levels. Moreover, most if not all of the contributing factors to these two recent deaths have been the subject of repeated findings and recommendations of prior government reports. However, most of the critical recommendations have gone unimplemented. DRC released a white paper examining the deaths and making recommendations for change. In this video, DRC Executive Director Richard Cohen discusses the white paper with host Cindy Robertson.
The Disabilities Rights Center’s Legal Director, Amy Messer, discusses the right to be free from abuse and neglect.
DRC Legal Director Amy Messer discusses New Hampshire guardianships and your legal rights.
There are a number of protections that can be utilized to ensure that our children are safe from restraint and seclusion in school.
Too often, children with disabilities are subjected to restraint and seclusion in schools, and there is too little regulation in this area to adequately protect children.
For students with emotional and behavioral disorders, learning more appropriate behavior is an important part of an adequate education.
The Disabilities Rights Center’s Legal Director, Amy Messer, discusses the right to be free from abuse and neglect