ABCD Response to NJ Monitor Article.
To the Editor:
Dana DeFilippo’s article lays out many of the arguments for and against camera surveillance in DDD group homes (Government & Legislature, December 5, 2002.) But the use of mandated electronic monitoring devices in DDD group homes not only “violates an individual’s right to privacy and there is little to no evidence that the use of (cameras) in community settings actually results in less abuse and neglect” as she quotes in her report, but also may make individuals less safe.
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at greater risk and experience higher rates of abuse, neglect, and exploitation (ANE) than the public, which is why we must remain forever vigilant. Though an entire independent department is dedicated to prevention, investigation, and response to ANE and a competency-based career pathway for front line workers is under development by the Murphy Administration, more resources like a Standing Advisory Roundtable on ANE to continuously review root causes, best practices, and accountability strategies is in order rather than the referenced legislation which is a nonsolution.