State Investigating Abuse of Mental Health Patients
Kinder said the goal is "to make certain we get procedures in place to protect the most vulnerable people in these institutions from bad treatment or untimely death that appears to have occured in these instances."
Wendy Buehler, president of an advocacy group called Life Skills, added, "This task force has really assumed the responsibility of improving the care of people with developmental disabilities and made that public, and we think that's very important. The governor and the lieutenant governor have expressed their interest and willingness to work hands-on to finding some real solutions and improving the system."
State investigators reported 133 cases of abuse or neglect at the Marshall Habilitation Center and seven at the Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center in Columbia.