Advocates, Families And Newspaper Prompt Justice Department To Investigate CHDC
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 29, 2002
CONWAY, ARKANSAS--The U.S. Department of Justice has notified Governor Mike Huckabee that it will be investigating the treatment of residents at Conway Human Development Center.
"There was not one particular incident that triggered it, but they were aware of . . . newspaper stories and complaints from advocates and family members," said John Selig, the deputy director of Arkansas Human Services Department.
Conway Human Development Center currently houses 576 people ranging from 10 to 64 years of age. Most have mental retardation, but many have epilepsy, autism, cerebral palsy or spina bifida.
The institution recently was informed that it would receive two "immediate jeopardy" citations after a federal inspection determined that there is potential for serious harm or injury to the residents.