developmentally disabled

State officials have closed a group home for developmentally disabled adults after “multiple reports of suspected abuse” of residents. A resident died at the facility in February.

The state Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals has ordered the closure of the College Park Apartments in Providence. Officials say the agency has reviewed several incidents at the facility, which houses adults with disabilities. They have referred the matter to state police and the state’s attorney general.

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A year ago, Rhode Island agreed to find better opportunities for at least 2,000 people with developmental and learning disabilities. It was part of a settlement after a federal investigation uncovered a program that funneled people with disabilities into jobs doing menial labor for very little pay. 

It’s been a little more than a year since Rhode Island signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to stop segregating and underpaying developmentally disabled workers. Fulfilling the terms of that agreement remain a work in progress.

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Federal investigators said an agreement announced Tuesday will make Rhode Island a national leader in integrating disabled people into the workplace

The 10-year pact grew out of an investigation last year that showed developmentally disabled were being sharply underpaid for their work.