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Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services

IPAS > Priorities > Abuse & Neglect Abuse & Neglect

Freedom from abuse and neglect is a fundamental right. One of the primary purposes of IPAS is to work toward the elimination of abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities.

Following are objectives that IPAS staff will work towards completion to reduce abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities:

Review allegations of abuse and neglect on behalf of individuals with disabilities to ensure that the allegation is reported to the responsible entities and advocate for necessary action to protect the health, safety and welfare of the individual.

Represent individuals in their appeal of reduced Medicaid waiver services when the alleged reduction in services will have a serious and negative impact on the health and safety of the individual, or when the reduction of services places the individual at risk of being placed in a more restrictive setting.

Review allegations of abuse or neglect of individuals residing in a facility operated by Indiana Department of Mental Health and Addiction and advocate that necessary actions are taken to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the individual.

Review allegations of abuse and neglect on behalf of individuals residing in Community Mental Health Centers and advocate that necessary actions are taken to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the individual.

Review allegations of abuse or neglect that result in the death of an individual who resided in a mental health treatment facility.

Review allegations of inappropriate use of restraint or seclusion and advocate that necessary actions are taken to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the individual.

Review allegations of abuse or neglect of individuals with a significant mental illness serving a sentence in a jail (not an Indiana Department Correction or Federal facility) and advocate that necessary actions are taken to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the individual.

Review allegations of abuse or neglect of individuals residing in facilities designated as a psychiatric residential treatment facility (PFTF).

Review allegations of abuse or neglect in juvenile detention facilities and advocate that necessary actions are taken to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the individual.

Review allegations of treatment rights violations of individuals with mental illness.

Monitor internal grievance complaints of individuals residing in state operated facilities to ensure that complaints are addressed according to written policy and procedure.

Review allegations of unregulated or under regulated use of restraint and/or seclusion by schools and advocate for adoption of policies that promote the health and safety of students.