At any given time, DLC is conducting monitoring and investigation activities pursuant to our Protection and Advocacy authority in settings that provide care, treatment, services, supports, and other assistance to persons with disabilities. We devote a significant amount of resources on performing these central P&A activities, reaching a broad ranges of settings that include hospitals and psychiatric facilities, long-term care facilities, DDS and DMH community residences, large institutions (ICF/IDDs) serving individuals with intellectual disabilities, schools, day programs, and correctional facilities.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for monitoring safety and compliance with the rights of individuals with disabilities and investigating abuse and neglect has increased significantly.
DLC is highly selective about publicly announcing monitoring and investigation activities, doing so only when it is in the interests of the affected persons with disabilities and in accordance with P&A confidentiality obligations under federal law. Below are some examples of important DLC investigation-related documentation:
Bridgewater State Hospital Report – July 2014
DLC Agreement with State on Bridgewater State Hospital – December 2014
DLC Report – “Another Senseless Death at Bridgewater” – June 2016
Public Report on the Efficacy of Service Delivery Reforms at Bridgewater State Hospital – May 2018
Report Highlighting Substantial Problems with Physical Environment at Bridgewater State Hospital – February 2019 DLC Issues Recommendations for Bridgewater State Hospital – July 2019 DLC Bridgewater State Hospital Progress Report – March 2020 DLC Bridgewater State Hospital Six Month Report Oct 2020