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, also known as The Abuse Registry Bill, seeks to change that.
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
NICKY'S LAW COVERAGE
WCVB: Parents vow to keep fighting for passage of 'Nicky's Law'
December 19, 2018
WBZ News Radio: [Disability] Abuse Registry Bill Held Up At State House
November 15, 2018
The Boston Globe: Editorial: Ending abuse of the disabled
November 14, 2018