(ALBANY, N.Y.) -- The New York state Senate has passed a bill that will protect mentally ill and developmentally disabled people in the state, according to a report in The New York Times.
The new law will also create a brand-new state agency, the Justice Center for the Protection of People With Special Needs. The Center will be able to work with district attorneys across the state to help prosecute people who abuse the mentally disabled.
One major concern advocates of the legislature have is the possibility of local law enforcement losing control over abuse cases now that the state will have more power. Advocates have blamed the state in the past for not adequately monitoring lapses in care, according to the report.
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