Federal records show Minnesota has fallen short in its handling of complaints about abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults. Updated Oct. 24, 2011
State regulators have failed to protect some of Minnesota's most vulnerable citizens from being victimized by their care givers. Even known criminals have obtained state permission to work in nursing homes and other care settings.
The measure passed by the Legislature calls for prison terms of up to 10 years.
Those who mistreat the elderly or other vulnerable adults often get off with a slap on the wrist, even in cases of death.
Two agencies granted thousands of exemptions to people convicted of disqualifying offenses, allowing them to work with state's most vulnerable people.
Lisa Marie Blair
Exceptions by state regulators raise questions about oversight.
More families are turning to what is becoming ubiquitous technology, despite concerns over privacy issues.
Advocate for elderly cuts short a "dehumanizing" visit in facility.
booking photo of Devra Stiles
Another vulnerable adult endangered by state worker may bring changes in Department of Human Services division responsible for the care.
He looted her nest egg to fund a lifestyle that included pricey trips and phone sex, authorities say.
Questions about how Bruce Diersen died while in the state's care have cast more glare on an already troubled agency.