Walker orders investigation into disability group

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has ordered an investigation into whether Disability Rights Wisconsin violated patient confidentiality by widely distributing a report about claims of substandard care at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Friday (http://tiny.cc/63pfdx ) that the investigation will determine whether the organization should be stripped of its role as the state's official advocate for people with disabilities.

The report found that doctors at the complex failed to provide basic medical care, leading to the deaths of four patients in 2012. It was written by a psychiatrist based on patient records given to him by Disability Rights Wisconsin.

Milwaukee County asked Walker to investigate the agency. The Journal Sentinel reports that Walker assigned the review to state Department of Health Services attorneys on March 12.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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