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Abuse and unexplained injuries at California's developmental centers

The five institutions house nearly 1,800 patients with developmental disabilities — including cerebral palsy, mental retardation and severe autism. This population is at high risk for physical abuse. The institutions' police force, called the Office of Protective Services, and the state Department of Public Health investigate allegations of patient abuse and unexplained injuries. California Watch has made the full incident database available here (current through Jan. 12, 2012). Data on these cases is also available through the Health Facilities Consumer Information System.

Developmental center police caseload

Reported cases of both patient abuse and unexplained injuries rose from 2006 to 2010, even as the patient population dropped.*

Substantiated abuse Unexplained injuries

Developmental center population

The state spends roughly $340,000 per patient. By June 2013, the state plans to house fewer than 1,500 patients in the centers.

*The state's Health Facilities Consumer Information System came into its current form in 2008, and it's unclear if the data are complete before then.

Sources: California Department of Public Health, Health Facilities Consumer Information System

Interactive by Agustin Armendariz and Michael Corey. Reporting by Ryan Gabrielson.

Filed under: Public Safety