NOTE FROM EP: Warning, the things yo are about to read in this article are appalling! We are re-posting this story to further share information the media has glazed over. This is EXACTLY what we are working against every single day! To know that this amount of egregious behavior was allowed to occur is disturbing. At EP, we look at situations like this and it only adds fuel to our fire.
This article has been re-shared from it’s original source, KKTV.com
PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) Disturbing words scratched into skin. Sexual acts in exchange for beverages. Residents intentionally burned with blow dryers.
These are some of the shocking allegations against a center in Pueblo for people who have severe disabilities.
A federal report by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says officials uncovered numerous instances of severe mistreatment by some staff towards residents at the Pueblo Regional Center. The alleged abuse happened before November 2015, but federal investigators say they still found problems in April 2016.
Among the allegations, some residents had words such as “Die,” “Kill” and “I’m back” scratched into their skin. Staff members reportedly blamed the marks on “paranormal activity.”
“It’s just outrageous,” said Stephanie Garcia, the executive director for The Arc of Pueblo. “It makes my skin crawl.”
The Arc acts as a legal guardian for some residents.
“We serve as legal guardians for nine individuals currently that are residing at the Pueblo Regional Center,” said Garcia.
Garcia told 11 News The Arc first learned about the accusations last year.
“We first became aware that there was problems after we were informed that the Colorado Department of Human Services did strip searches of every client out there back in April of 2015 and we were appalled. We asked why they would do something so egregious, and the response was that they were looking into allegations of abuse and exploitation of the residents, but they never told us specifically what those allegations were.
“It wasn’t until we received the report from CMS that we knew the full extent of the abuse that was happening and we were shocked.”
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