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New York State Justice Center

Committed to supporting and protecting the health, safety, and dignity of all people with special needs.
Information on Novel Coronavirus
COVID-19 Impact on Justice Center Operations

The Justice Center remains operational during the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, the agency is adjusting some work processes to be responsive to the people we serve and the dedicated people who provide services, whose health and safety remains the Justice Center’s top priority.

The Justice Center’s reporting hotline remains operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week and reporting requirements for mandated reporters remain in place.  Reports of allegations of abuse and neglect should continue to be made by calling 1-855-373-2122.  A web form for reporting may also be used.

The Justice Center’s Information Line remains open 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.  General questions can be answered by calling 1-800-624-4143.

The work at the core of the Justice Center’s mission- investigating allegations of abuse and neglect and supporting individuals receiving services, continues to the full extent possible with modifications made to address social distancing and any special individual circumstances.  The agency is working hand-in-hand with various State Oversight Agencies to meet compliance with directives meant to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 as well as the ensure the health and safety of all individuals receiving services under Justice Center jurisdiction.  This includes seeking opportunities to complete work via phone rather than in-person.

More information on the criminal background check process is available on the criminal background check page.

The COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly developing situation and Justice Center operations are subject to further adjustment as situations warrant.

Individuals seeking opportunities to donate goods, services, or space to New York State for use during the COVID-19 pandemic can fill out a webform and will be contacted on an as-needed basis.

Honoring Essential Workers
2020 Champion and Code of Conduct Award Winners
The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs is pleased to announce its Code of Conduct and Champion Award winners for 2020. These awards honor individuals and organizations who have tirelessly worked not only to improve the lives of individuals under the Justice Center’s jurisdiction, but who have also risen to the enormous challenges experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Introduction to the Justice Center

Pre-employment Checks
Protecting Individuals in Care
The Justice Center works hand in hand with providers to prevent individuals with troublesome histories from working with vulnerable populations. Staff Exclusion List (SEL) and Criminal Background checks of prospective employees and volunteers who will work directly with individuals with special needs are required by law, with the intention of stopping abuse or neglect before it happens.
Serving Vulnerable New Yorkers
Find Help

The Justice Center has advocates available to help victims and their families or personal representatives during an investigation.  Advocates can answer questions about the processes of the agency and give case updates. 


The Justice Center investigates allegations of abuse or neglect of individuals with special needs.  Every allegation is investigated to conclusion.

New York Counts
2020 Census
The federal census, the nation's once-per-decade, constitutionally-mandated count of every American, regardless of their citizenship status. The decennial census is one of the nation's most important programs.

New Yorkers' fair share of federal funds for programs essential to health care, education, housing, economic development and transportation, as well as our congressional representation in Washington, all depends on an accurate and fully-counted census response.