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COVID-19 Reporting Shows How Psychiatric Patients and People With Developmental Disabilities Are Left Behind

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What happened: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released startling new statistics that demonstrate gross disparities when it comes to COVID-19 case reporting for residents of psychiatric treatment facilities and facilities for people with developmental disabilities.

According to the ACLU, only eight states plus the District of Columbia are reporting both cases and deaths at psychiatric treatment facilities, and only 10 at institutions for people with developmental disabilities.

These numbers compare to 24 of states accounting for resident cases and deaths at nursing homes. Make no mistake, this is a policy failure stemming from mismanagement, systemic ableism, and a deeply troubling lack of transparency. — ACLU (Instagram) The

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