PHOENIX- Governor Doug Ducey issued an executive order to strengthen protections for people with disabilities.
He announced the order on Wednesday, Feb. 6, directing the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), and the Department of Economic Security (DES) to develop protocols on preventing, recognizing, and reporting abuse and neglect for both care providers and parents or guardians of individuals with disabilities.
In the statement, Governor Ducey said the agencies would create a working group to consider further actions to improve care for Arizona’s most vulnerable populations.
“All Arizonans deserve to be safe- and we have a special responsibility to protect those with disabilities,” said Governor Doug Ducey.
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Governor Ducey sent a letter to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich requesting he look into potential criminal actions at Hacienda HealthCare.
The Governor said the facility failed to acquire an outside party to oversee their operations. He said it was not optional.