NASGA  National  Association to Stop Guardian Abuse

Danielle Murphy is a mildly autistic disabled adult. She lived with her aunt, Nancy Vallone, in Arizona. Nancy provided the best of care and medical treatment for Danielle and even moved to Ohio so Danielle could receive treatment from a the Cleveland Clinic Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. Shortly after the move, the Ohio’s Advocacy and Protective Services Agency (APSI) took control of Danielle’s case. They placed Danielle in a group home where she has been physically and sexually abused. APSI denies Danielle the treatment that Nancy moved to Ohio to receive.

Worst of all, APSI isolates Danielle from receiving any visitors, including her Aunt Nancy.

Following is an open letter to all media and elected representatives in Danielle’s behalf:

To Whom It May Concern:

We are contacting you to shed light on what really occurs in the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and their subcontractor, Advocacy & Protective Services, Inc. (APSI). Unfortunately, this story does not yet have a happy ending because it involves a 24-year-old woman, Danielle Rene Murphy, who has autism and numerous health concerns. She is being held in isolation, segregated from family, friends, school, church, and proper medical care for 5 years. We are fearful because, as we raise questions, her care is not being improved. Unfortunately, the opposite is taking place. Rather than address the facts of her care, we are personally being defamed, and Danielle is being denied care and intimidated by her caretakers at APSI and representatives from the DODD. Danielle’s health is rapidly declining, and we cannot get resolution fast enough from the bureaucracy of government (there are two open investigations T#12-000983 and T#CU12-14778). This is not a theoretical case to debate, but the life of a young woman hangs in the balance. Her aunt, an RN, BSN, MSN, is asking to take Danielle home and properly care for her, but that request is being denied. More