Downey Statement on Allegations of Abuse at Bellwether Behavioral Health Group Homes

News Report Alleges Abuse & Neglect in Group Homes Run by Company

(TRENTON) – Assembly Human Services Committee Chair Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) issued the following statement Friday in response to a news report detailing allegations of abuse and neglect at Bellwether Behavioral Health group homes:

“I am deeply troubled by the allegations of abuse and neglect at Bellwether. These individuals have severe disabilities that require thoughtful and compassionate care. They were sent to Bellwether because their families believed that that is what they would get. My heart breaks for them, bur more so for the victims who endured such inhumane treatment. They deserve better than the neglect alleged in this report. The people responsible must be held accountable, and reforms must be made to ensure this never happens again.”