The March for Rights in Ohio

The March For Rights In OhioIn 1986, Gov. Richard Celeste signed Amended Substitute Senate Bill 322, the MR/DD Reform Bill, creating a Bill of Rights for people with developmental disabilities and strengthening the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities’ powers to fight abuse and mismanagement in community residences. The bill expanded funds for improvements in case management; allowed for reforms in residential development, licensure, and reimbursement; established procedures for addressing mismanaged residential facilities; and created an ombudsman in the Ohio Legal Rights Service.

Early Intervention was defined in the 1986 amendments to EHA. In addition to strengthening support for special education for preschool-age children, it provided grants to states to serve eligible infants and toddlers (ages birth through 2 years) and their families in accordance with a written Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).

That same year, the Ohio General Assembly approved a bill to establish criminal penalties for employees found guilty of abuse or neglect of residents in care facilities. The Ohio Attorney General was authorized to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect, and to prosecute if local prosecutors failed to act.


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