Adults with cognitive or physical disabilities are further protected under a law authored by Sen. Pat Vance.
The law created an Adult Protective Services system with clearly defined procedures for filing complaints of abuse, neglect and exploitation against adults ages 18 to 59 with disabilities. Prior to enactment of the law, there were protective service systems for children and older adults. This law filled the gap. The law also provided for investigation of complaints and the development of service plans to remove the adult from imminent harm and provide for long-term needs.
More than 40 states have similar systems in place that provide some level of protection and advocacy for adults with cognitive or physical disabilities.