Bill introduced to stop child abuse in residential programs for teens

The Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) (S. 1667) and in the House by Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) (H.R. 3126).  The legislation seeks to end child abuse in residential programs for teens by providing the reporting mechanisms, funding, surveillance, and training requirements needed to ensure that residential programs for teens are staffed with qualified, equipped, and safe personnel. The Arc supports efforts to ensure that people with disabilities are free from abuse, neglect, or any kind of mistreatment and to assure a well-trained workforce.

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