Disability Rights New York, Report and Recommendations on the Treatment of Individuals with Intellectual, Developmental, and Mental Health Disabilities at Sullivan Correctional Facility (New York: DRNY, July 2016).
“Because of complaints received in November 2014, DRNY investigated allegations of abuse and neglect of incarcerated individuals with disabilities in the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (“DOCCS”) system, and monitored the specialized programs operated by DOCCS and the New York State Office of Mental Health (“OMH”). This report sets forth DRNY’s findings and recommendations concerning Sullivan Correctional Facility’s Correctional Alternative Rehabilitation Program (“CAR”), which DOCCS opened in May 2014.
DOCCS created CAR to address the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (“ID/DD”) and to serve as a rehabilitative alternative to punitive isolation in the Special Housing Unit (“SHU”). Individuals with ID/DD who receive punishment of isolation over 30 days in SHU are transferred to CAR, where they complete their punitive segregation sanction, but receive up to four hours of out-of-cell, therapeutic programming per day. CAR has available housing for up to 64 individuals. Although DOCCS designed CAR for individuals with ID/DD, participants in CAR may have a concurrent mental health diagnosis.”
Keywords: disabled, mental illness, segregated housing, restrictive housing, restricted housing, Special Management Unit, solitary confinement