In February 2022, the Wolf Administration created the Abuse/Neglect Registry Taskforce to address a gap in protection created by having no systematic method for tracking perpetrators of abuse or neglect of adults with disabilities in the commonwealth.
Agencies that provide services to adults with disabilities currently do not have access to information related to substantiated abuse or neglect cases in which a prospective employee was the perpetrator. Adults with disabilities, including older Pennsylvanians, may experience avoidable harm when perpetrators of abuse and neglect are able to move from job to job without detection.
The Abuse/Neglect Registry Taskforce assembled and began meeting in March 2022. The Taskforce is comprised of a membership including: adults with disabilities; family members; protective services experts; Departments of Human Services, Health, Aging, and Education counsel, program, and protective services staff; provider association representatives; advocacy organization representatives; and the four Executive Directors from the Human Services Committees in the General Assembly.
The Taskforce was given the following objectives: outline desirable parameters for a registry, identify challenges for implementation, and provide recommendations for the adoption and implementation of an Abuse/Neglect Registry in Pennsylvania.
After several months of work on this project, the Taskforce has developed a draft proposal for the parameters of an Abuse/Neglect Registry for Pennsylvania. This draft is now being shared with the public for review and comment.
RCPA invites you to participate in a meeting to discuss the proposal and develop comments for the Taskforce to review. We will be meeting on Monday, October 17, 2022, from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Please register here to attend this meeting. We also invite you to submit any comments to Carol Ferenz by close of business on October 17, 2022. Comments are due by the end of the day on October 18, 2022.