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Ducey Issues Executive Order To Protect Arizonans With Disabilities

Ariizona Gov. Doug Ducey has issued an executive order aimed at stopping abuse and neglect of people with disabilities.

The governor’s executive order instructs three state agencies involved in health care to come up with protocols to strengthen protections for those with disabilities.

That population is three times more likely to be victims of violent crime, according to federal numbers.

The order specifically requires the state to develop training and oversight for state contractors involved in residential homes that serve those with intellectual disabilities.

On Tuesday, Ducey asked Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate possible criminal activity by Hacienda HealthCare, where it was recently discovered a longtime patient had been raped and impregnated. 



Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.