Watchdog Group Reports Safety Risks

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A report by a disability advocacy group says residents at a state facility for the developmentally disabled are exposed to significant safety risks.

The group says the unsafe conditions are exacerbated by the Wyoming Life Resource Center's failure to secure dangerous areas or lock away potentially harmful chemicals. The news comes in this morning from The Associated Press.

The report also says staff at the facility in Lander failed to take adequate steps to address suicide risks at the center, leaving residents unsupervised or with easy access to items they could use to harm themselves.

The report was issued by the Wyoming Protection & Advocacy System, which is a nonprofit organization that investigates abuse and neglect of people with disabilities. In response to the report, state officials have said publicly that the center is safe, but that they are reviewing the report and the operations at the facility.

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