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State
Senator Joe Griffo said the Senate has passed sweeping legislation that will
transform how New Yorkers with special needs and disabilities are
protected.  The bill is part of a
three-way agreement between the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo to
establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting
individuals in state operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs. 


The bill
strengthens and standardizes the safeguards for vulnerable children and adults
who receive care from New York's human services agencies and programs.  It also creates a Justice Center for the
Protection of People with Special Needs, a new entity that would improve the
state's response to allegations of abuse and neglect for individuals served in
both residential and non-residential facilities.  The bill has been sent to the Assembly.

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