State agency accused of violating rights of disabled

DENVER (AP) — The state health department says Colorado human services officials violated the rights of people with disabilities during body checks to determine whether residents at state-run group homes had been abused.

The report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment was based on interviews with group-home staffers and residents’ guardians.

Relatives of the residents complained that 62 people were strip-searched at 10 community group homes and a day center for people with developmental disabilities.

The Denver Post reports investigators were told human services officials failed to follow polices regarding mistreatment, abuse, neglect and exploitation of patients.

Human services officials say they believed residents in all 10 group homes and a day program were at risk of health and safety violations.

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Information from: The Denver Post

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