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.
*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.