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CU doctor appointed to oversee troubled state facility for intellectually disabled in Pueblo


​A University of Colorado physician with experience in caring for adults with intellectual disabilities will serve as an independent monitor at a Pueblo facility for people with disabilities, state officials announced Friday.
 
Dr. Barry Martin, a primary care doctor at the CU School of Medicine in Aurora, will review “critical incident” reports at the Pueblo Regional Center and make recommendations for improvement. He also will review staffing ratios and examine practices and polices at the regional center.
 
An independent monitor for the center comes after a series of alleged abuses of residents, including a resident performing a sexual act in exchange for a soda and another burned with a blow dryer in an attempt to raise her body temperature. In another incident, a group of residents, some who are nonverbal, had words scratched into their skin that staffers claimed were the result of “paranormal activity.”