Priority 1: Freedom From Harm
Image of the Future: People with disabilities have human and legal rights that protect their health, safety, personal integrity and self-determination. We will protect and advocate for vulnerable people with disabilities, especially those living in segregated, isolated and congregated facilities, to ensure they are free from death, abuse, neglect, and violations of their rights.
Goal 1A: Monitor places where people with disabilities who are most in danger of harm live, work, or learn.
Objective 1A.1: Maintain a regular presence at the Beatrice State Developmental Center (BSDC) on a monthly basis, including monthly reviews of facility incident reports.
Objective 1A.2: Maintain a regular presence at the Lincoln Regional Center (LRC) twice a month, including regular attendance at the facility’s Women’s Council.
Objective 1A.3: Implement the monitoring plan for facilities, day programs, employment settings, service settings, etc. where people with disabilities are segregated, isolated and congregated.
Objective 1A.4: Monitor two (2) juvenile justice facilities and collaborate with other organizations who work with youth with disabilities in these facilities.
Objective 1A.5: Develop and implement the Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of the Representative Payee Program.
Goal 1B: Investigate and respond to allegations of abuse, neglect or exploitation using a range of remedies to ensure that the most vulnerable people with disabilities are free from harm.
Objective 1B.1: Investigate and respond to 35 allegations of abuse, neglect or exploitation.
Objective 1B.2: Address guardianship issues through trainings, working with the Office of Public Guardian and analyzing and proposing changes to guardianship procedures.
Objective 1B.3: Engage in three (3) public policy related activities to secure changes in statues or regulatory requirements that provide greater protection for people with disabilities to be free from abuse, neglect, exploitation, and retaliation.
Goal 1C: Support and sustain a network of local, independent Citizen Advocacy programs to keep vulnerable people free from harm.
Objective 1C.1: Provide consultation, training and technical assistance to five Citizen Advocacy programs to support citizen advocates in their advocacy to protect vulnerable people with disabilities from abuse, neglect and/or exploitation.