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Beleaguered Howe Developmental Center Remains Open Despite Additional Deaths and Ongoing Violations of Human Rights
Date:7/14/2008

person was wanted by police on a warrant for possession of cannabis and had several other criminal charges pending.

-- An abuse investigation revealed that a staff member had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court on a marijuana-related criminal charge.

-- Recent criminal charges brought against two staff members for engaging in a knife fight on Howe grounds result in convictions.

-- Despite the assignment of one-to-one staff, an individual living at Howe was able to run away. Staff stated that he was fatigued due to working "five straight shifts."

-- Neglect was substantiated against staff after an individual living at Howe was observed with a mouthful of cigarette butts, after which he was treated for possible nicotine poisoning.

-- An individual was able to engage in self-abuse during his bath when Howe failed to have two staff assisting the individual as required by his service plan.

-- An abuse investigation documents that staff failed to send an individual to the hospital, as instructed by the RN.

-- A neglect investigation resulted in a substantiated finding against a physician for his failure to appropriately follow up on a possible urinary tract infection and failure to document in the individual's care plan.

-- An investigation into possible neglect documented that two staff left 45-minutes before their shift ended.

-- An investigation of abuse revealed that, while staff was supposed to be in the same room at all times with an individual, the individual went into his room without staff and broke his arm.

"Howe is a toxic institution. How many more people have to die before the Governor shuts this down?" asks Zena Naiditch, President and CEO of Equip for Equality.

Equip for Equality calls for the State to take immediate action to implement a plan to close the Howe Developmental Center that will:

-- Inform people currently living at Howe and their guardians ab
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