Once-secret reports that detail abuse of the disabled in state facilities will see more light.
The state had long stamped the terms ``confidential'' and ``do not distribute'' on the reports. That hindered families from pursuing abuse cases involving their loved ones. But a new law means New York will no longer prohibit families from making use of the reports. It was prompted by New York Times articles that exposed allegations of widespread abuse in state facilities and what the state acknowledges was an unacceptable lack of referrals to law enforcement.
The bill was co-sponsored by Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg. He recently settled a federal lawsuit alleging his disabled son was hit and verbally abused at a Long Island group home.