Protecting the Vulnerable

Premiered 1/18/18

Insight investigates Colorado’s host home system. After a series of troubling incidents involving residential providers for our state’s most vulnerable citizens, Insight examines who is responsible for making sure safety is a priority.

 

Watch the full episode above and scroll down for updates on the investigation.

 

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Colorado Public Radio 2/1/18

Are ‘Host’ Homes Safe For Disabled Adults?

Click here to listen to the Colorado Matters program featuring reporter Lori Jane Gliha.

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KUSA 9News 1/17/18

Stronger state regulations to come after the deadly fire that killed a disabled woman

Click here to read Lori Jane Gliha's report.

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Insight Reports

Host Home Bill Dies in Senate Committee

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A state Senate committee rejected a Democrat-sponsored  bill aimed at increasing inspections and improving safety conditions at Medicaid-funded host homes for people with developmental disabilities.

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Host Home Bill Passes State House of Representatives

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A bill aimed at improving the safety of adults with intellectual disabilities who live in host homes has passed in Colorado’s House of Representatives. A Rocky Mountain PBS investigation found cases of mistreatment, abuse, neglect, and negligence involving some Colorado host homes, including the case of Tanya Bell, who died in a 2016 fire.

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Deadly Fire Prompts New Bill

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A Rocky Mountain PBS investigation found cases of mistreatment, abuse, neglect, and negligence involving Colorado host homes, including the case of Tanya Bell, who died in a 2016 fire when she couldn’t escape in her wheelchair. New legislation has been introduced to improve safety standards.

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Host Home Providers Plead Guilty After Disabled Woman Found Alone in "Storage" Room

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Months after a woman with developmental disabilities was found alone in a storage room chewing on underwear, her caretakers pleaded guilty to neglect.

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Death and Mistreatment of Disabled Adults Prompts Action

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The state is reviewing its regulations to see whether they can be strengthened to improve  the health, welfare, and safety of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities after a deadly fire and other allegations of neglect and abuse.

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