Ontario’s Ombudsman wants change to the system that help adults with developmental disabilities.
Paul Dubé says the system has failed to help desperate families who are unable to care for loved ones with developmental disabilities, and has left vulnerable people in dire and often dangerous circumstances.
In Dubé’s report there were more than 1,400 complaints from families of adults with developmental disabilities. Some are in crisis situations, including being abandoned, abused, unnecessarily hospitalized and jailed.
Among his recommendations are that the Ministry formally recognize its role in directly assisting with crisis cases, and direct its regional offices and service agencies that adults with developmental disabilities should not be returned to abusive situations or housed inappropriately in hospitals or long-term care facilities.