The Self-Assessment for an Abuse Free Environment was developed as an optional tool for facilities and programs under the jurisdiction of the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs (Justice Center). The purpose of the tool is to encourage providers who support individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities to think in terms of an abuse-free environment, to self-evaluate their programs for risk of abuse or neglect, and to provide resources to mitigate the identified areas of risk.

This tool is meant to be helpful to your agency in determining which area to focus on in your performance improvement projects. The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the Justice Center are available to assist in developing or providing resources that would support your program in abuse prevention.