This week, a lawsuit has been settled regarding the inappropriate actions of staff members at the Pueblo Regional Center. The staff members, ordered by a director in the Colorado Department of Health and Human services, conducted strip searches on 60 developmentally disabled patients without their consent, nor the consent of their guardians or families. They also touched the patients’ genitals during the searches, when many of these patients had pasts of physical and sexual abuse. As part of the settlement, Colorado is required to pay $1 million to the victims’ families, in addition to changing protocol at the center.
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