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California reporters find lack of oversight on homes for disabled

In a recent investigation, California CBS reporters uncovered questionable quality of care and nursing home abuse in some residential facilities caring for disabled individuals. Many people with mental and physical disabilities cannot speak for themselves, so the state is supposed to be their watchdog. But, the investigation showed a large hole in regulations overseeing residential facilities.

The reporters found that there is a glaring hole in California’s regulatory structure. In 1985, temporary regulations were set forth requiring direct care staff in group homes to be trained as CNAs. Those regulations expired in 1989 and were supposed to be followed by permanent regulations. Sixteen years later, there are still no regulations.

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