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The state has not put a good system in place to support developmentally disabled patients moved from state facilities into community care, and it’s unclear if it is following recommendations to better investigate patient deaths, according to an independent monitor.

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What began as two Georgia mental health patients seeking community care has become a national crusade by the U.S. Department of Justice to move patients out of state facilities and into community care, with what some say are fatal consequences.

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Christen Shermaine Hope Gordon was one of 500 patients in 2013 who died in community care while under the auspices of the Geor­gia Dept. of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. While the community placements were halted, parents are worried over state plans to resume the program.

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The Augusta Chronicle requested the investigative reports of all 2013 deaths of developmentally disabled people living in community-based care homes. Here's how the reporters used those records.

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Mental health patients and the developmentally disabled are some of the most vulnerable people in our society and unfortunately, even with the best of intentions, the system can let them down.

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Serving diverse communities requires more than translating the words of hospice into different languages. It demands a nuanced understanding of culture and values. Otherwise, hospice may look like withdrawing treatment and giving up hope.

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Early in her career, Dr. Barbara Staggers was strongly censured for hugging a patient. Now, it’s part of her daily routine, a way to show kids who might not otherwise have any positive physical affection in their lives that someone cares about them.

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Si bien las condiciones y servicios médicos ofrecidos en el sistema de centros de inmigración han mejorado en años recientes, defensores de los derechos de los inmigrantes dicen que todavía quedan muchas cosas por cambiar.

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Fatal errors and lack of adequate medical care in immigration detention centers bring suffering to detainees and their families.

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As many as 1 in 4 of those detained have chronic medical conditions. Medical neglect can lead to deteriorated health and, in Fernando Dominguez Valdivia's case, death.

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