Tribpedia: State-supported Living Centers

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Texas' state-supported living centers are institutional residential facilities for people with disabilities. The 13 facilities scattered across Texas have been the subject of federal oversight and much legislative debate -- between advocates who want to close them in favor of community living, and families who want to keep them open.

The state-supported living centers have been rife with abuse and neglect ...

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Disability Groups Hope Turnover Leads to Reform

Austin State-Supported Living Center employee Tamika Mays is shown with resident Rebecca Hadnot in 2011.
Austin State-Supported Living Center employee Tamika Mays is shown with resident Rebecca Hadnot in 2011.

Advocates for Texans with disabilities are seeking changes at state-supported institutions, a solution to the caregiver shortage and relief from the massive waiting lists for community-based care. They're hopeful that the turnover in statewide offices in November might help them get what they've long sought. 

Austin State-Supported Living Center employee Tamika Mays is shown with resident Rebecca Hadnot in 2011.
Austin State-Supported Living Center employee Tamika Mays is shown with resident Rebecca Hadnot in 2011.

Commission Formally Calls for Closure of Institutions

A Texas commission that reviews the efficiency of government agencies officially recommended Wednesday that lawmakers shutter an Austin-area institution for people with disabilities — and identify five more statewide for later closure.

 

 

Austin State-Supported Living Center employee Tamika Mays is shown with resident Rebecca Hadnot in 2011.
Austin State-Supported Living Center employee Tamika Mays is shown with resident Rebecca Hadnot in 2011.

Institutions for Disabled Unlikely to See Major Cuts

Advocates for shuttering Texas’ 13 institutions for the disabled thought they had the numbers on their side: a budget crisis so severe lawmakers would have no choice but to close some state-supported living centers. But with less than a month left in the session, their hopes of closing more than one facility and establishing a moratorium on new admissions are largely dashed. 

Austin State-Supported Living Center employee Tamika Mays is shown with resident Rebecca Hadnot in 2011.
Austin State-Supported Living Center employee Tamika Mays is shown with resident Rebecca Hadnot in 2011.

LBB to State: Improve Disability Care, Close 1 Facility

The way Texas is currently providing care for people with disabilities — keeping all its state institutions in operation, despite increasing demand for community-based care — is not cost effective, and should be changed, according to an analysis released by the Legislative Budget Board on Wednesday.