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HR 911 - a bill in front of the US Congress

The widespread allegations of abuse in residential treatment for youth has lead to federal investigations by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, and Congressional hearings in October 2007 and April 2008 and resulted in the proposal of H.R. 5876 - Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs, later H.R. 911.  Representative George Miller is reintroducing this bill again now in 2011.  Please support the passage of this important legislation which will help protect children from abuse and neglect.  Having Federal involvement will not only help to bring awareness, but also help to fill oversight gaps in some of the states with the least licensing requirements for these facilities. 

The full text of the original bill can be viewed here and previous votes from 2009 are available here.

Please reach out to your representative

 

The GOA  testimony reports on residential treatment abuse shows four striking patterns:

 

* Untrained program staff;

* Misleading marketing of programs to parents;

* The occurrence of abuse before the fatalities occurred;

* Negligent operating practices.

 

There are major gaps in licensing and oversight of residential treatment facilities for youth, so that many have been able to operate virtually unregulated. To help fix this major failure, H.R. 911 proposes that these programs fall under federal regulations. 

Download GAO Report October 2007.

Download GAO Report May 2008.

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