State Quickly Dismissed Elder-Abuse Cases, Investigation Reveals

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State regulators have been conducting "cursory and indifferent" investigations of complaints against caregivers for the elderly, disabled and sick, even when those cases involve suspected abuse or suspicious death, according to an investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED. Documents obtained by CIR also reveal the California Department of Public Health dismissed nearly 1,000 pending cases of abuse and theft over the past decade, when the state was dealing with a backlog of cases.


Ryan Gabrielson, senior reporter at the Center for Investigative Reporting who led the investigation into this story

Mina Kim, reporter for KQED News who contributed to this story