The OBRA act of 1987, requires that individuals with a diagnosis of mental retardation or other disabilities be screened prior to nursing home admission. A further evaluation is completed by the Office of Developmental Programs to determine the need for specialized services for the person while they are residing in the nursing home.
People can become separated from family/caregivers
In an emergency situation, people may be unable to communicate vital information
Incident Management - A state-wide web based system, developed by the Office of Developmental Programs, for the reporting of incidents that impact the health, safety, or well being of DS service recipients. A large component of this system is trend analysis that focuses on the prevention of incidents and quality improvement of developmental services both on a provider and state level.