According to the Times Union, O.D. Heck Center is operated by New York State's Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. O.D. Heck Center has no affiliation with the Anderson facility. One of the O.D. Heck Center staff members pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and another was convicted of manslaughter.
The Careys, whose activism following their son's death resulted in the passage of enhanced state disclosure laws regarding the disabled, are also suing O.D. Heck for their son's death.
I am glad that The Carey's activism resulted in enhanced disclosure laws for the disabled, however I am still concerned for those patients that continue to work at both facilities. I do not think that the reaching of a settlement solves any of the problems that the facility obviously has. According to an article published in The Times Union, many of the staffers who were at Anderson during Jonathan's stay are still employed. Additionally, Anderson was licensed by New York State's Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, the same agency that operated O.D. Heck. I am concerned that these state agencies are not providing the amount of oversight and training required to ensure that this tragedy never happens again.