Colorado Abuse & Neglect Scandals Involving People with Disabilities--
Orchid Has a Zero Tolerance Policy:
What Does Colorado Have?
So do we think the State of Colorado is in favor or abuse and neglect of people with disabilities? No. We think the State is not committed to the resources necessary to prevent abuse and neglect of people with disabilities, and the State has and will violate the LAW in the name of pragmatism & on the backs of vulnerable people with disabilities as long as they think they can get away with it.
CMS Investigation of the Colorado Mental Health Institute @ Pueblo found severe staffing problems.
Abuse of people with developmental disabilities @ the Pueblo Regional Center documented in a CMS investigation
Abusive Practices in Youth Corrections
The Death of Christopher Lopez @ San Carlos prison while being restrained in isolation was a horrible tragedy. Initially, the State did not inform family members of the tragedy and it was only after they got sued that they began to do the "right thing."
Colorado did ultimately ban Administrative Segregation in Colorado Prisons for people with mental illness -- and that's a wonderful thing.
BUT when the State is taking its bows across the nation on this really wonderful policy --- somehow Christopher Lopez is rarely if ever mentioned.
53-year-old Montrose Man commits Suicide in Jail