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State Of Community Services Became Campaign Issue
November 4, 2002

COLUMBUS, OHIO--The safety of people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities living in community-based residential programs has become a campaign issue in Ohio.

Candidates for the offices of state auditor, attorney general and governor, along with a number of state legislators, are promising reforms in how the state and counties handle private agencies that provide such services.

Lawmakers and candidates became more aware of the issue after the Cincinnati Enquirer ran a September investigative series on abuse, neglect and crimes within the community residential service system.

Related:
Candidates vow crackdown on abuse of mentally retarded (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Special Investigation: Living Alone (Cincinnati Enquirer)

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