As of November 13th, 2017, the proposed “Nicky’s Law” is in the Senate Ways and Means https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/S2213. According the State of Massachusetts, the duties of this committee are to “consider all matters relating to the finances of the Commonwealth and such other matters as may be referred thereto.” So another positive step forward in creating a system to protecting people with disabilities from being abused and/or keeping track of known abusers and prevention of further harm. Below is the original info from my previous blog that explained how this proposed law came to fruition…
There is a proposed new law in Massachusetts to protect people with disabilities from abusive caregivers being employed by the DDS (Department of Developmental Services). It was initiated by a parent whose child was directly impacted by such a situation.
According the Arc of Massachusetts’ website, the proposed Nicky’s Law “will create an abuse registry which will protect the safety and dignity of people with disabilities. Persons substantiated of abuse or neglect of an individual with autism or other intellectual or developmental disabilities will be listed on this registry and this will prevent re-hiring.
The bill was filed by Senator Mike Moore and Representative Linda Dean Campbell, the bill numbers are S 64 H 80.
Nicky’s Law will require all provider agencies to check the registry through inquiry before hiring a new employee. The Arc has worked closely with the appropriate agencies and stakeholders, including Nicky’s family. We are grateful to Nicky’s family for coming forward to initiate this bill and for their long time contribution to this effort.
Please help us advocate for this important legislation – our goal is the pass this bill during this legislative session!
Contact Maura Sullivan, Dir. of Gov. Affairs at The Arc of Mass for information on how to get behind this initiative. firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Here is the direct link from the Arc
There is also a Facebook Group devoted to supporting this proposed law.
For those of us with vulnerable loved ones who have a disability, this will be a valuable law to protect those who cannot protect themselves.