State Rep. Pat Ownbey has filed legislation to ensure a group of Oklahomans that have been overlooked are now protected by the same state regulations and requirements that protect the elderly in adult day care centers.


State Rep. Pat Ownbey has filed legislation to ensure a group of Oklahomans that have been overlooked are now protected by the same state regulations and requirements that protect the elderly in adult day care centers.

House Bill 2744 expands current Oklahoma law regarding adult day care centers to include sheltered workshops, where disabled adults comprise at least 75 percent of the workforce.

“Disabled adults, like elderly adults and children, are more vulnerable to abuse than other Oklahomans,” Ownbey said. “This legislation will ensure they enjoy some of the same protections as the elderly when they work in nonprofit facilities known as sheltered workshops.”

State Rep. Lee Denney, who plans on co-authoring the legislation, said the son of a family in her district was molested while working in a sheltered workshop.

“Though the perpetrator is behind bars, the crime itself could have been so easily avoided if we had background checks in place for sheltered workshops,” Denney, R-Cushing, said. “Disabled adults are a vulnerable population that we’ve simply overlooked in the past. This bill will correct that oversight.”