- Associated Press - Sunday, April 10, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A lawmaker has introduced a bill that would create an ombudsman for Rhode Islanders with developmental disabilities.

Rep. Eileen Naughton, a Warwick Democrat, says the state needs an official advocate for the developmentally disabled in the same way it has advocates for children, elderly and the mentally ill.

Her legislation comes after a woman with developmental disabilities died in February at a state-run group home in Providence. The state closed the College Park Apartments and moved its residents to new homes after the death and reports of suspected abuse.

Naughton says the ombudsman would be selected by a committee and named by the governor. The responsibilities would include investigating and resolving complaints.

The bill has been referred to the House Finance Committee.

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