The Justice Center investigates, reviews, and makes findings in allegations of abuse and neglect by staff against individuals receiving services. In addition, the agency reviews all deaths that occur in settings under Justice Center jurisdiction and investigates those involving allegations of abuse and neglect. The Justice Center does not interrogate, arrest, or prosecute individuals who receive services.
Staff substantiated for abuse or neglect have the right to appeal their case.
Allegations of abuse or neglect that meet the legal definition of administrative violations under the Social Services Law. While serious, these cases do not support criminal charges. Local District Attorneys are notified of all of these allegations.
Allegations of abuse or neglect that indicate potential criminal conduct as defined by the penal code. These investigations can result in criminal charges. Local District Attorneys are notified of all of these allegations and the Justice Center works with local law enforcement on cases as needed.