DRMS advocates and attorneys have been organized into two issue teams for several years: Community Integration and Education. Each team takes on individual cases and works on systemic projects and legislative concerns related to issues of abuse and neglect, discrimination, and community integration. However, in the near future there will be some restructuring of this process, so stay tuned for our more efficient and updated way of processing the work we do.
Our new teams are the Children’s Team; Monitoring and Investigations Team, and the Civil Rights Team.
Specific details on these new teams coming soon.
Community IntegrationTeam: Monitors for abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities in institutions, and facility-based residential situations. This team prioritizes transition into more independent and community based living arrangements whenever possible for individuals who desire to do so. The team receives incident reports from various facilities about injuries and serious incidents that occur in facilities. The team monitors those reports for unusual activities and for patterns of abuse, neglect, or rights violations. Advocates for community-based services and monitors living situations in the community for abuse, neglect, and acts of discrimination against individuals with disabilities. This team works to insure that access to supports and services is available to all who are eligible in order to enhance the community living experience and independence for individuals.
Education Team: Advocates for a free and equal education for vulnerable students in the MS education system. This team works closely with educators, directors, and other agencies to pull together appropriate supports and resources students need to succeed in the classroom. Read more about the Education Team here.