NYSPA has been notified that the NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs is seeking potential candidates for its Medical Review Board. The NYS Justice Center, which began operations on June 30, 2013, was established to provide advocacy and incident investigation on behalf of individuals with special needs who receive services from a variety of state agencies and programs. The Justice Center operates a 24/7 hotline to report abuse, neglect and significant incidents and also maintains a staff exclusion list.
The formation of a new Medical Review Board is priority for the Justice Center. This core group of medical professionals will provide assistance in reviewing cases and formulating the policy and procedures necessary to ensure that New York State’s most vulnerable citizens are protected. The voluntary Medical Review Board is to be comprised of up to fifteen members who will be charged with the review of the circumstances surrounding the deaths and allegations of abuse or neglect reported to the Justice Center. The law requires inclusion of medical specialists in forensic pathology, psychiatry, internal medicine and addiction medicine. In addition to those specialists required by law, they are also interested in physicians with experience treating people with developmental disabilities and/or specialists in orthopedics, pediatrics, child psychiatry, cardiology, gastroenterology, radiology, and anesthesiology.
Please contact NYSPA Central Office no later than January 15, 2014, if you are interested or know anyone who might be interested in being nominated to the Medical Review Board. Please forward the nominee’s contact information and curriculum vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org or via facsimile to 516-873-2010, Attn: Donna Gajda. Please note that under our current agreement with MSSNY, any psychiatrist nominee for a state board position will be proposed by both MSSNY and NYSPA and therefore, nominees must be members of both NYSPA and MSSNY at the time of their nomination.