The department should provide a reminder to staff about the importance of promptly notifying OPS of incidents involving resident safety.
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS or Department) has implemented this recommendation. On May 29, 2013 a written reminder was issued to all developmental center staff requiring prompt incident reporting to the Office of Protective Services (OPS). Immediate notification of all suspected cases of abuse and neglect are a requirement in each developmental center's policies. This notification requirement was incorporated into a revised statewide developmental center policy and distributed to all facilities on May 31, 2013.
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