The Self-Assessment for an Abuse Free Environment was developed as an optional tool for programs and facilities 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 of mental health care to strive in the goal of an abuse free environment of care.  The tool will assist you to self-evaluate programs for risk of abuse and to provide resources to mitigate the identified areas of risk.  The risk prevention factors for abuse and neglect apply to the program/facility, and interpersonal relationships between service recipients and others.

This tool is for use within your program or facility and is not meant to be shared with the Justice Center, Office of Mental Health (OMH), or other surveyors.  This tool is meant to assist you in determining which area to focus on in your program/facility’s performance improvement projects.  OMH and the Justice Center are available to assist in developing or providing resources that would assist your program/facility in abuse prevention.