Nicky's Law / The Abuse Registry Bill
There is presently no system to track individuals whose act of abuse against individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) has been substantiated. The proposed legislation Nicky's Law (H 4074/S 2367), also known as The Abuse Registry Bill, seeks to change that.
What is the current status of Nicky's Law? On October 17, 2019, Nicky's Law was unanimously passed by the Massachusetts State Senate.
The Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) screened 11,395 cases in the past year. In FY 2017, a total of 2,571 investigations were deemed necessary through DPPC screening.
In 2017, 1,478 abuse reports were referred to the appropriate District Attorney’s Office (“DA”). Only 102 of those referrals resulted in criminal charges (less than 10%).
The Current Situation
The Proposed Solution
IMPORTANT NICKY'S LAW DOCUMENTS
NICKY'S LAW CONTACTS
NICKY'S LAW COVERAGE
Boston Herald: Editorial: Law would protect vulnerable from abuse
October 20, 2019