The state Legislature is finally addressing a major problem that you’ve probably never heard of.
Pennsylvania is one of only five states in the country without an adult-protective-services system. That means men and women with serious mental disabilities who are unable to stick up for themselves are being abused and neglected and, too often, nobody is doing anything about it.
Yesterday, lawmakers sent a bill to Gov. Rendell that would correct that problem. Read today’s story about the proposed law and our cover story last year about this issue and Delaware County’s Judi Ferrara, who has been advocating for this type of legislation.
Now the state will still have to allocate an estimated $6 million a year to run the system, which would work like the protection systems for children and the elderly. Where can we find $6 million?