Reducing Abuse and Neglect in California's Developmental Disability System

This research will seek to determine if California's multi-agency and Regional Center system is effective at reducing allegations of abuse, neglect and wrongful deaths among individuals with developmental disabilities. The research will be conducted using a quantitative causal research design in which a survey questionnaire will be sent to a random sample of 1,000 California Regional Center and Developmental Center employees. The study expects to find that improvements can be made in the administration of developmental disability programs statewide particularly if the Department of Developmental Services had an increased ability to implement policy over the Regional Centers.

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