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Illinois Group Homes Still Troubled Despite Reform Promise

CHICAGO — A newspaper investigation has found that despite Illinois officials' promise to reform troubled group homes for disabled adults, allegations of abuse and neglect have risen, staffing levels have fallen and state oversight has been slow.

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Advertisement Supported by U.S. Illinois Group Homes Still Troubled Despite Reform Promise By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSFEB23, 2018, 5:09 P.ME.S.T. Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story if ( window.magnum && window.magnum.getFlags().indexOf('headlineBalancer') > 0 && window.magnum.headlineBalancer && window.magnum.headlineBalancer.initialize && window.magnum.headlineBalancer.shouldRun() ) { window.magnum.headlineBalancer.initialize(); } CHICAGO — A newspaper investigation has found that despite Illinois officials' promise to reform troubled group homes for disabled adults, allegations of abuse and neglect have risen, staffing levels have fallen and state oversight has been slow.State officials and legislators pledged to fix the system after a 2016 Chicago Tribune investigation revealed that the state concealed evidence of harm and death at group homes.In a follow-up investigation, the newspaper obtained state enforcement records that show many group homes are still unpreparedAccording to the Tribune, more than half of group homes aren't wheelchair accessibleMore than 1,600 homes are not compliant with the American Disabilities Act, inspection records show.The newspaper also found that state oversight remains inconsistentSome victims waited weeks before they were interviewed by state investigators, audit records from fiscal 2017 show. Advertisement Continue reading the main story Staffing shortages also continue to affect the industry, according to some group home owners.According to the state's Office of Auditor General, allegations of abuse and neglect reached a record high with more than 3,600 cases in fiscal year 2017. Newsletter Sign Up Continue reading the main story [{"headline":"California Today","summary":"The news and stories that matter to Californians (and anyone else interested in the state), delivered weekday mornings.","product-code":"CA","product-title":"California Today","sample-url":"http:\/\/\/newsletters\/sample\/california-today?pgtype=subscriptionspage&version=new&contentId=CA&eventName=sample&module=newsletter-sign-up"},{"headline":"Race\/Related Newsletter","summary":"Join a deep and provocative exploration of race with New York Times journalists.","product-code":"RR","product-title":"Race Related","sample-url":"http:\/\/\/newsletters\/sample\/race-related?pgtype=subscriptionspage&version=new&contentId=RR&eventName=sample&module=newsletter-sign-up"},{"headline":"The Interpreter Newsletter","summary":"Understand the world with sharp insight and commentary on the major news stories of the week.","product-code":"INT","product-title":"The Interpreter","sample-url":"http:\/\/\/newsletters\/sample\/the-interpreter?pgtype=subscriptionspage&version=new&contentId=INT&eventName=sample&module=newsletter-sign-up"}] Please verify you're not a robot by clicking the box. Invalid email addressPlease re-enter. You must select a newsletter to subscribe to. Sign Up You agree to receive occasional updates and special offers for The New York Times's products and services. Thank you for subscribing. An error has occurredPlease try again later. You are already subscribed to this email. View all New York Times newsletters. See Sample Manage Email Preferences Not you? Privacy Policy Opt out or contact us anytime The Illinois Department of Human Services said reforms set to launch this year will address some of those issues Continue reading the main story Advertisement Continue reading the main story An online scorecard will rank group homes and will include inspection results and links to online copies of investigative findings involving abuse, neglect or financial exploitationBut state officials will black out addresses to protect patients' privacy.Spokeswoman Meghan Powers said copies of investigative report summaries can be downloadedShe said officials are also planning to change state policy so that families of group home residents automatically receive copies of state investigations.___Information from: Chicago Tribune, Continue reading the main story We’re interested in your feedback on this pageTell us what you think. What's Next Loading... Go to Home Page » Site Index The New York Times window.magnum.writeLogo('small', '', ', ', 'standard', 'site-index-branding-link', '); Site Index Navigation News World U.S. Politics N.Y. Business Tech Science Health Sports Education Obituaries Today's Paper

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