Arizona Center for Disability Law increases monitoring of Group Homes

Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL)
DDNN Summer 2018


Arizona Center for Disability LawAll people with developmental disabilities have the right to be free from abuse and neglect. To help ensure that this right is upheld, the federal government enacted a series of laws including the creation of the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system. The P&A system is made up of designated agencies in each state and territory of the United States.


As the designated P&A agency for Arizona, the Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) has the unique authority to access, monitor and, if necessary, investigate facilities and programs that render care or treatment for persons with developmental disabilities. This authority allows ACDL to enter any facility, including group homes, which provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities, interact with the residents to discuss any concerns they may have, and to inform them of their rights. These visits can be announced or unannounced during reasonable hours and can be as a result of a report from a resident or by random selection by the agency.


In the last several months, ACDL has been actively engaging with providers to educate them about this authority and has ramped up efforts statewide to use this authority to ensure the protection of those with developmental disabilities. If you have any questions, concerns or wish to report allegations of abuse or neglect, please contact ACDL at (602) 274-6287. Advocates are available for calls Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 1pm.