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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.
Registration Now Open
2023 Justice Center Summit
Ge the latest agency news, policy updates, and trends at the 2023 Justice Center Summit. Attendees can register for up to eight sessions covering topics like prevention materials, investigative tools, and help for individuals and families. This FREE event is open to the public. Register today!

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.