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Friday, October 26, 2007

Public Records Show ... Allegations of Abuse at Home for Developmentally Disabled

Once again the Tacoma News-Tribune uses public records to verify allegations of abuse of the vulnerable. This allows the TNT to report the story to the public so that maybe things are corrected. This story describes allegations at the Rainier School, a DSHS facility for the developmentally disabled:

"A total of 81 allegations of suspected physical, sexual or mental abuse of residents at the 400-person facility were reported to state officials between October 2004 and this month, the Department of Social and Health Services said. The information came in response to a News Tribune disclosure request following the KIRO-TV report, which aired Oct. 3."

But providing public records is such a burdensome "unfunded mandate" for government ....