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.
Nicky's Law / The Abuse Registry Bill
What is the current status of Nicky’s Law?
On February 13, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker officially signed Nicky’s Law into law.
The Chan family, with Nicky (second from right), the namesake of the bill
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 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.
The Current Situation
Maura Sullivan, the Chans, Senator Michael Moore, the Joyces, and Leo Sarkissian
The Proposed Solution
Nicky's Law News
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Nicky's Law in the Media
Boston Herald: Editorial: Law would protect vulnerable from abuse
October 20, 2019
MassLive: Massachusetts Senate passes bill to create registry of caregivers who abuse people with disabilities
October 17, 2019
The Boston Globe: Editorial: Protecting the vulnerable from abuse
August 26, 2019
Now This News: Richard Buckley fights to protect people like his late brother from caregiver abuse
August 8, 2019
The Herald News: Letter to the Editor: To protect society’s most vulnerable, make Nicky’s Law a reality
April 30, 2019
Worcester Telegram: Advocates push for registry of caretakers who abuse the disabled
April 30, 2019