Governor Announces New Agency for People with Special Needs

Governor Cuomo has announced the opening of Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, a new state agency he says will give New York the strongest protections in the country for people with special needs. A key feature of the Justice Center is a statewide hotline staffed by more than 70 trained professionals who will receive reports of allegations of abuse and neglect 24-hours a day. Once a report is received by the Vulnerable Persons Central Register, or VPCR Hotline, it is logged and assessed. Serious cases of abuse or neglect will be assigned to Justice Center investigators or to a local law enforcement agency for a follow-up investigation. Jeffrey Wise was recently confirmed by the New York State Senate to serve as the Executive Director of the Justice Center. The Center and the hotline are open beginning today.

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