ERIC Number: ED301990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Child Abuse and Neglect in New York Mental Hygiene Facilities: An Assessment of Reports Filed Prior to Implementation of New York's Child Abuse Prevention Act of 1985.
New York State Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled, Albany.
The pilot study reported in this document reviewed existing child abuse and neglect reports in mental health and mental retardation residential facilities in the state of New York. The study found that the annual reporting rate of abuse and neglect in these facilities was more than two times higher than for the state as a whole; it also found widely varying procedures and practices for reporting allegations of child abuse and neglect among different mental health facilities. Investigations of many of the reported abuse and neglect cases did not meet state guidelines. Other findings were that boys, children over 12, and children with conduct disorder diagnoses were high risk victims of child abuse and neglect and that unscheduled time periods and times when no clinical staff were readily available presented higher risk times for child abuse and neglect. Recommendations are grouped into the following categories: Ensuring the More Accountable Reporting of Allegations; Promoting Accountable and Thorough Investigations of Allegations; Enhancing Prevention Efforts; and Strengthening Oversight of the Reporting, Handling, and Investigation of Allegations. Appendixes provide tabular statistics on the 80 reported allegations, and a response to the draft report by the New York State Office of Mental Health and the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. (DB)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Compliance (Legal), Developmental Disabilities, Incidence, Institutionalized Persons, Mental Retardation, Prevention, Quality Control, Recordkeeping, Residential Institutions, State Standards
New York State Commission on Quality Care for the Mentally Disabled, 99 Washington Ave., Suite 1002, Albany, NY 12210.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled, Albany.
Note: For a related document, see EC 211 786.