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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Commission Formally Calls for Closure of Institutions

Austin State-Supported Living Center employee Tamika Mays with resident Rebecca Hadnot.
Austin State-Supported Living Center employee Tamika Mays with resident Rebecca Hadnot.

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 with resident Rebecca Hadnot.
Austin State-Supported Living Center employee Tamika Mays with resident Rebecca Hadnot.

Institutions for Disabled Unlikely to See Major Cuts

Advocates for shuttering Texas’ institutions for the disabled thought they had the numbers on their side: a budget crisis so severe that lawmakers would have to close some state-supported living centers. With less than a month left in the session, their hopes are largely dashed.

Austin State-Supported Living Center employee Tamika Mays with resident Rebecca Hadnot.
Austin State-Supported Living Center employee Tamika Mays with resident Rebecca Hadnot.

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.