For Immediate Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      Contact: Katrin Haldeman
DOCCS Refuses to Provide DRNY Access to Records

Albany, NY December 4, 2020 – Disability Rights New York (DRNY) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York today against the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), and Anthony J. Annucci, in his official capacity as the Acting Commissioner of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. DOCCS refuses to provide DRNY with complete and unredacted records pertaining to DRNY clients in DOCCS’ custody that DRNY requested pursuant to the DD and PAIMI Acts.

DOCCS’ refusal to provide complete unredacted records to DRNY not only violates the PAIMI and DD Act and its implementing regulations, it also significantly interferes with DRNY’s federal mandate to protect people with disabilities in New York State, investigate allegations of abuse and neglect, provide legal advocacy for people with disabilities, determine whether an investigation by DRNY should be conducted, and determine whether corrective action should be taken. DRNY is seeking immediate access to the records it requested and is entitled to pursuant to Federal laws.

             “DOCCS’ refusal to provide these records is a clear violation of federal law. Unfortunately, their actions are not new to us. DOCCS is deliberately interfering with our ability to fulfill our mandate. ” Timothy A. Clune, Executive Director, DRNY.

DRNY is the designated independent non-profit Protection & Advocacy System empowered by Congress to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect and provide legal and non-legal advocacy services to people with disabilities in New York State. The Protection & Advocacy System was created by Congress as a direct result of the horrific conditions that were uncovered in the 1970's at New York’s Willowbrook State School.

DRNY is supported at tax payer expense by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, The Administration for Community Living; Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration; U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration; and, the Social Security Administration. This press release does not represent the views, positions or policies of, or the endorsements by, any of these federal agencies.
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