In The News

On this page you will find news stories, videos and more relevant to the long-term care needs of individuals who experience life with a disability label in Texas.

Texas Public Radio 2014 Interviews

  • Sean Yates death raises questions about neglect at Texas State Supported Living Centers – Listen here.
  • 5 Years Later Texas State Supported Living Centers Not Meeting Standards – Listen here.
  • State Supported Living Centers on the Chopping Block – Listen here.

Videos

News Stories

2016

  • Denied: How Texas keeps tens of thousands of children out of special education – Houston Chronicle Article

2015

  • Abilene man, 28, arrested for continuous sexual abuse of a child – July 14, 2015 KXTS News
  • Living centers to see bump in state support – June 7, 2015 – Denton Record Chronicle Article
  • Angelina Co. jury no-bills man accused of hitting State Supported Living Center client – June 5, 2015 – KTRE News
  • Police: Group home caretaker committed sexual assault – May 8, 2015 – KXAN Article
  • Concerns over S.A. state-run living center – February 5, 2015 – KENS5 News
  • Officials add more details on state center resident’s death – January 23, 2015 – El Paso Times News Article
  • El Paso state center resident died Saturday – January 20, 2015 – El Paso Times News Article
  • APD identifies man shot, killed by homeowner – January 7, 2015 – KVUE News Story

2014

  • Lufkin State Supported Living Center employee accused of hitting client – July 16, 2014 – KTRE 9 News Story
  • Report “Serious concerns” continue to exist at state living center – July 4, 2104 – Corpus Christi Caller Times Article
  • Uncertain Future at Institutions for Disabled Texans – June 3, 2014 – Texas Triune Article
  • Families riled by plan to move disabled from Austin center – June 1, 2014 – Statesman Article
  • Report calls for closing some centers – Houston Record Chronicle – May 31, 2014 Article
  • Commission reopens debate over state supported living centers closure – May 29, 2014 – Houston Chronicle Article
  • Mexia leaders wary of cuts to state-supported living center – May 28, 2014 – Waco Tribune Article
  • Committee to review future of state supported living centers – May 28, 2014 – Fox34 News
  • Report Recommends Closing 6 Texas State Supported Living Centers – May 23, 2014 – KWTX News
  • Sen. Watson: Statement on Sunset Recommendation – May 22, 2014
  • State commission calls for closing 6 institutions for the disabled. – Austin Statesman Article – May 22, 2014
  • Man with history of fleeing Texas center escaped, drowned after level of supervision reduced – The Republic Article – May 4, 2014
  • State Run Homes For The Disabled Still Troubled – The Source Audio – April 23, 2014
  • $1.2 million spent on consultants, yet problems linger at Austin living center – Austin American Statesman Article – April 12, 2014
  • ‘Fight Club’ School Officers Can’t Tank Suit – Courthouse News Service Article – April 10, 2014
  • Downing of man from state school ruled an accident – Ft. Bend Herald News – April 3, 2014
  • Body Found In Harbor Identified As Missing Person – Kiii TV News – February 25, 2014
  • Family Of Missing Man Waiting For Answers – Kiii TV News – February 23, 2014
  • Family Asks Public For Help Missing 35-Year Old Man – Kiii TV News – February 19, 2014
  • Case Dropped Against Nurses Indicted For Criminal Negligent Homicide Big County February 10, 2014 Big Country Article

2013

  • After 4 years of efforts to improve, the Denton SSLC has reached ZERO compliance in 10 of 20 provision sections – DRTx – December 2, 2013 Press Release
  • $600.000 for interim leadership in Austin facility is latest in long  line of fix-it efforts – Statesman Article / November 13, 2013
  • As compliance deadline passes, San Angelo facility has reached zero percent compliance in 10 of 20 major provision sections – DRTx – November 12, 2013 Press Release
  • After 4 yeas of efforts to improve, the Lubbock SSLC has reached zero percent compliance in 11 of 20 provisions – DRTx – November 12, 2013 Press Release
  • Gains made, but center still falls short – Denton Record Chronicle Article / November 12, 2013
  • Lubbock State Supported Living Center under review – Fox 34 News / October 27, 2013
  • Lufkin SSLC out of compliance in 116 out of 171 areas – DRTx – October 15, 2013 Press Release
  • Guest Column: CLOSE DANGEROUS STATE DISABLED CENTERS – Appeared in the Texas Tribune on September 24, 2013
  • Rio Grand State Center remains out of compliance in 115 out of 171 areas after four years to improve – DRTx September 17, 2013 Press Release
  • State of Texas, Lawsuit Plaintiffs Reach Interim Agreement Expanding Community Services And Opportunities For Persons With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities In Nursing Facilities – Disability Rights Texas Press Release
  • Mexia: State Supported Living Center Makes Improvements, But Still Has Work To Do – Our Town Texas August 23, 2013 Article
  • Missing Man Wanders From Grand Prairie Group Home – NBC5 DFW August 22, 2013 News
  • US Department of Justice, State of Texas Reach Interim Olmsted Settlement – KFYO August 19, 2013 News
  • DADS: Improvements Being Made at BSSLC – Brenham Banner- Press August 14, 2013 Article
  • I-team: State Supported Living Center Fails to Meet Compliance – KENS 5 TV August 7, 2013 News
  • After Four Years, San Antonio Facility Fails To Comply With Most Critical Health And Safety Requirements: Residents Remain At High Risk For Abuse and Neglect – DRTx – August 6, 2013 Press Release
  • After Four Years, Corpus Christi Facility Still Fails to Comply With Most Critical Health And Safety Requirements: Residents Remain At High Risk For Abuse And Neglect – DRTx – August 6, 2013 Press Release
  • After Four Years, Brenham Facility Still Fails to Comply With Most Critical Health and Safety Requirements: Residents Remain At High Risk For Abuse and Neglect – DRTx – August 6, 2013 Press Release
  • Special Needs Man Found Dead in Hot SUV – CBS DFW News – July 25, 2013 Article
  • El Paso County interim medical examiner faces second complaint – El Paso Times – July 24, 2013 Article
  • Disabled Texas woman left in hot van for 5 hours – KENS5 San Antonio – July 24, 2013 Article
  • State-Run Facility in El Paso Still Fails to Reach Compliance After Four Years of Federal Monitoring – Disability Rights Texas – June 26, 2013 Press Release
  • Austin supported living center keeps Medicaid money – Austin American Statesman – June 22, 2013 Article
  • Mexia: State Supported Living Center Resident Injured in Attack – June 20, 2013 – KWTX Our Town Texas News
  • WE SAY AUSTIN STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER: Ignoring problem won’t make it go away – Austin American Statesman – June 19, 2013 Article
  • 64 noncitizens live in state centers across Texas – El Paso Times – June 16, 2013 Article
  • Supporters believe relatives are safe at El Paso State Supported Living Center – El Paso Times – June 14, 2013 Article
  • El Paso state center protest: Improvements, moves urged for residents – El Paso Times – June 12,2013 Article
  • State supported living center faces deadline – YNN – June 12, 2013 Article
  • Ex-leader diagnosis problems at state center for intellectually disabled – American Statesman – June 8, 2013 Article
  • Federal Funding Threat is Chance to Improve – Network of Care – May 31, 2013 Editorial
  • Medicaid threatens to pull $29 million from state care home – American Statesman – May 27, 2013 Article
  • Caregiver gets 2-year sentence for BSSLC assault – The Banner Press – April 27, 2013 Article
  • Formal and fun at the Abilene supported living center’s spring dance – reporter news – April 24, 2013 Article
  • 12 El Paso State Center Employees Fired – El Paso Times – April 18, 2013 Article
  • Ex-Lubbock living center employee pleads guilty in child “sexting” case – Lubbock Avalanche-Journal – April 11, 2013 Article
  • Grand jury indicts Lufkin State Supported Living Center worker for leaving patient alone – KTRA – April 8, 2013 Article
  • Texas can do better for its invisible citizens – Op. Ed. by Jeff Garrison-Tate special to The Eagle
  • Tour highlights activity beyond LSSLC entrance – Lubbock Avalanche Journal – March 19, 2013 Article
  • Bills give DADS authority to close state-supported living centers – Denton Record Chronicle – March 11, 2013 Article
  • Comfort, better medical care will be touted at Living Center’s open house – Abilene Online – March 10, 2013 Article
  • Mexia center adjusting to role as state’s forensic unit – Grosbeck Journal Today – March 3, 2013 Article
  • State-run facility in San Angelo still fails to reach compliance after 3 years of federal monitoring – February 26, 2013 – Disability Rights Texas Press Release
  • Richmond Facility for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Fails to Reach Compliance After 3 Years of Monitoring by Federal Government – February 25, 2013 – Disability Rights Texas Press Release
  • Lubbock State Supported Living Center makes gains, but has far to go – February 25, 2013 – Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Article
  • Austin Facility for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Fails to Reach Compliance After 3 Years of Federal Monitoring – February 15, 2013 – Disability Rights Texas Press Release
  • Lubbock man arrested for sexting 11-year-old girl – KCBD – February 12, 2013
  • Lubbock State Supported Living Center seeks to fix noncompliance – February 5, 2013 – KCBD News Article
  • Latest U.S. Department of Justice Report for Lubbock State Supported Living Center Shows Minimal Progress, Continued High Risk Conditions for Residents – February 5, 2013 – Disability Rights Texas Press Release
  • Report: Lubbock State Supported Living Center makes gains, but has far to go – February 5, 2013 – Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Article
  • State living center shows progress – February 4, 2013 – Denton Record Chronicle Article
  • Denton State Supported Living Center Receives Non-Compliance Rating by U.S. Department of Justice in 129 out of 171 Health and Safety Provisions – January 31, 2013 – Disability Rights Texas Press Release
  • Former State School Employee Indicted In Fighting Incident – January 29, 2013 – Kiii tv Article
  • Lufkin State Supported Living Center Receives Non-Compliance Rating by Department of Justice in 135 out of 171 Health and Safety Provisions – January 24, 2013 – Disability Rights Texas Press Release
  • Feds: ‘fight club’ facility better – January 20, 2013 – The Courier Article
  • State Supported Living Center now acts quickly to protect residents from harm, federal report finds – January 13, 2013 – Caller.com Article
  • Latest Department of Justice Report for Mexia State Supported Living Center Indicates Residents Remain at High Risk for Abuse and Neglect – January 10, 2013 – Disability Rights Texas Press Release
  • Texas State Supported Living Center Employees Reassigned in Abuse Probe – January 6, 2013 – KWTX.com – Article
  • Mexia state school working on needed changes – The Mexia News – January 5, 2013 – Article
  • El Paso State Center reassigns 18 staff members pending abuse investigation – January 5, 2013 – El Paso Times Article

2012

  • US Department of Justice report finds El Paso state center lacking – Viva Colorado – December 26, 2012 Article
  • Latest Report for Rio Grande State Supported Living Center Indicates Minimal Compliance In All Basic Health and Safety Provisions – Disability Rights Texas – December 18, 2012 Press Release
  • Disabled People at High Risk for Abuse, Neglect at State Supported Living Center – KDBC, 4 Local News – November 29, 2012 Article
  • New Report Gives Low Marks to Abilene State Supported Living Center – BigCountryHomePage.com – November 28, 2012 Article
  • Total Compliance Deadline Passes in Care Provisions for Several State Supported Living Centers With None Making the Grade – Disability Rights Texas November 20, 2012 Press Release
  • Mexia living center being investigated in abuse case – Wacotrib.com – October 5, 2012 Article
  • Abuse allegations at Mexia State School – News Chanel 25 – Waco, Killeen, Temple – October 3, 2012 Article
  • Brief Gun Scare At Abilene State Supported Living Center – BigCountryHomePage.com – August 17, 2012 Article
  • Additional Funding for State Supported Living Center – KSAN News – July 24, 2012 Article
  • Abilene State Supported Living Center has long history, with roots as epileptic colony – reporternews – July 21, 2012 Article
  • Local artists redecorate drab State Supported Living Center gym – caller.com – July 14, 2012 Article
  • State living centers still far from compliance – Denton Record Chronicle – August 4, 2012 Article
  • Meeting highlights El Paso State Center issues – El Paso Times – June 30, 2012 Article
  • Inquiry Sought at El Paso State Center – El Paso Times – June 29, 2012 Article
  • State center employee arrested – El Paso Times – June 27, 2012  Article
  • Assistant Commissioner for State Supported Living Centers leaves position – El Paso Times – June 27, 2012 Article
  • Center still making progress – Denton Record-Chronicle – June 24, 2012 Article
  • State Center problems haven’t hurt boss’s pay – El Paso Times – June 21, 2012 Article
  • Deaths at El Paso State Center questioned – El Paso Times – June 12, 2012 Article
  • Father: El Paso State Center not treating son fairly – El Paso Times – June 12, 2012 Article
  • El Paso State Center target of injury – El Paso Times – May 30, 2012 Article
  • State investigating complaints at El Paso State Supported Living Center – El Paso Times – May 29, 2012 Article
  • Missteps at El Paso State Supported Living Center noted in death – El Paso Times – May 26, 2012 – Article
  • ABLE Act Gains Cosponsors and Momentum on Capitol Hill – National Disability Institute – May 2012 Newsletter
  • El Paso State Center ex-worker alleges abuse of residents – El Paso Times – May 24, 2012 – Article
  • Mexia SSLC Shows Little Improvement in Latest DOJ Compliance Review – Disability Rights Texas – May 24, 2012 – Press Release
  • Rio Grande SSLC Loses Significant Group in Latest Compliance Review – Disability Rights Texas – May 15, 2012 – Press Release
  • Texas economy building but health costs, regulation threaten growth, state Comptroller says – caller.com – May 9, 2012 – Article
  • New group touts Medicaid as ‘indispensable’ — not fiscal villain – Dallas Morning News – May 8, 2012 – Article
  • Comptroller Warns East Texans “Big Red is coming” – KETK – May 2, 2012 – Article
  • Texas comptroller warns of increased Medicaid spending – Pegasus – May 1, 2012 – Article
  • Abilene SSLC Fails Latest Compliance Review – Disability Rights Texas – April 25, 2012 – Press Release
  • San Antonio SSLC Fails Fourth Round Compliance Review – Disability Rights Texas – April 23, 2012 – Press Release
  • Thousands of Texas kids with developmental problems lose aid after budget cuts – American Statesman – April 6, 2012 – Article
  • Corpus Christi SSLC backslides in fourth round compliance review – Disability Rights Texas – March 28, 2012 – Press Release
  • El Paso SSLC shows limited progress in latest compliance review – Disability Rights Texas – March 26, 2012 – Press Release
  • Amid problems, Austin living center sees leadership shakeup, halts admissions – AMERICAN-STATESMAN – March 19, 2012 – Article
  • S.A. man says he was beaten by residents at state living center – KENS5 News – March 17, 2012 – Article and Video
  • Austin SSLC Shows No Improvements in Third Round Compliance Review – Disability Rights Texas – March 7, 2012 – Press Release
  • San Aneglo SSLC Found Noncompliant in Third Round DOJ Review – Disability Rights Texas – March 1, 2012 – Press Release
  • Lufkin SSLC Backtrack in Third Round DOJ Compliance Review – Disability Rights Texas – February 13, 2012 – Press Release
  • Leaders Warn of More Budget Problems in Texas – Houston Chronicle – February 2, 2012 – Article
  • Richmond State Supported Living Center finds little progress in compliance review – Fort Bend Harold – February 1, 2012 – Article
  • Richmond SSLC monitors find little progress in third round compliance review – Disability Rights Texas – January 30, 2012 – Press Release
  • Lubbock SSLC makes limited gains in third round compliance review – Disability Rights Texas – January 25, 2012 – Press Release

2011

  • Mexia SSLC backtracks in third round compliance review – Disability Rights Texas – December 21, 2011 – Press Release
  • Denton state school still falling short on settlement requirements, report says – Ft. Worth Star-Telegram – December 21, 2011 – Article
  • State living center resident hospitalized after mistake during dental cleaning – American Statesman – November 17, 2011 Article
  • State centers for the disabled ‘still deplorable’ – The QueQue – November 9, 2011 – Article
  • Brenham SSLC Shows Little Improvement in Third Round Compliance Review – Disability Rights Texas  – November 7, 2011 – Press Release
  • San Antonio SSLC Flunks Third Round Compliance Review – Disability Rights Texas – November 7, 2011 – Press Release
  • Perry Downplayed Allegations at Centers for Disabled – Texas Tribune – October 24, 2011 – Article
  • Despite Reforms, Abuse Continues at Texas Institutions for Disabled – Texas Tribune October 23, 2011 – Article
  • Seven Staff Fired from Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center after abuse and neglect allegations – Corpus Christi Caller Times October 14, 2011 – article
  • Alleged victim of abuse at local state facility speaks out – News Chanel 25 – Waco, Killeen, Temple – October 12, 2012 Article
  • El Paso SSLC Fails Third Round Compliance Review – Disability Rights Texas – October 4, 2011 – Press Release
  • DOJ Compliance Review Shows No Improvements at Richmond SSLC – Disability Rights Texas – August 25, 2011 – Press Release
  • Day 6: Some Texans Will Lose Intellectual Disability Funding – Texas Tribune – August 6, 2011
  • Denton State Supported Living Center plays catch-up – Ft. Worth Star-Telegram – July 31, 2011 – Article
  • Denton facility for mentally disabled hasn’t fixed deficiencies – Ft. Worth Star-Telegram – July 28, 2011 – Article
  • Good and bad state budget news for people with disabilities – Statesman – July 20, 2011
  • Lawsuit filed against assisted living center after patients death – The Southeast Record – July 11, 2011
  • Report critical of patient care at Living Center – The Lufkin Daily News – July 8, 2011 – Article
  • Two Charged After Death at State Supported Living Center – Instant News Fort Bend – June 28, 2011 – Article
  • Texas Legislature Passes Budget That Cuts Billions – CBSDFW – May 28, 2011
  • For Clients of Perry’s Advisors, a Troubling Budget – Texas Tribune – May 25, 2011
  • Report: Services lacking at Harlingen center for residents with disabilities – Valley Morning Star – May 24, 2011 – Article
  • 14 arrested protesting budget cuts for the disabled – Austin Statesman –  May 23, 2011
  • Texas plans drastic cuts to education, health care and social services – WSWS – May 21, 2011
  • Report Says Abilene State Supported Living Center Out Of Compliance with State Standards – KTXS News – May 13, 2011 – Article
  • Budget Cuts Jeopardize Care for Critically Ill Kids – Texas Tribune –  May 13, 2011
  • Report Says Abilene State Supported Living Center Out Of Compliance with State Standards KTXS News – May 13, 2011
  • Abilene State Supported Living Center report dissected by disability group – Abilene Reporter News – May 12, 2011
  • Elderly, Disabled Fight Pay Cut to Service Providers – Texas Tribune – May 11, 2011
  • San Antonio State Supported Living Center Shown to be Losing Ground in Latest Compliance Review – Disability Rights Texas – May 4, 2011 – Press Release
  • Institutions for Disabled Unlikely to See Major Cuts – Texas Tribune – May 4, 2011
  • Disabling Reforms at State Institutions – Texas Observer – March 30, 2011
  • Local law enforcement forced to take action at Central Texas state school – KXXV News Channel 25 – March 15, 2011 Article
  • Guest Column: How About a “Pro-Life” Budget – Texas Tribune – March 15, 2011
  • Mexia center adjusting to role as state’s forensic unit – Groesbeck Journal Today – March 3, 2011
  • Austin State Supported Living Center Struggles to Improve Conditions – Rasansky Law Firm Post – January 30, 2011
  • Advocates Sue Gov. Perry Over State Living Centers – Texas Tribune – January 26, 2011
  • Lawsuit claims 3 residents of State Support Living Center shouldn’t remain there – Statesman – January 27, 2011
  • Ft. Worth couple with disabilities fear effect of Texas Budget Cuts – Ft. Worth Star-Telegram – January 26, 2011
  • Those Charged with care of special needs Texans should be held to higher standards – KFYO – January 12, 2013
  • Texas Shuts Down Treatment Center for Kids – Houston Chronicle – January 7, 2011
  • Homicide Ruled in 4th Death at Troubled Kid’s Facility – Houston Chronicle – January 6, 2011
  • Lubbock State Supported Living Center employee faces felony charges for allegedly hitting client – Avalanche Journal – January 6, 2011

2010

  • Mother speaks out about son’s abuse at state school – KVUE – 2010
  • Assisted Living Center Investigated – KXAN – 2010
  • Report says risks still remain at living center – Austin American-Statesman – 2010
  • Mentally disabled care hobbled by staffing – My San Antonio News – 2010
  • Progress of the Lubbock State Supported Living Center discussed – KCBD– 2010
  • Brother Challenges Death at Lubbock State School – Texas Tribune – 2010
  • Austin living center staff raises safety concern – American-Statesman – 2010
  • State Sued Over Disabled-services Violations – San Antonio Express – 2010
  • Mentally Disabled Get New Protection at State Living Centers – KENS 5 – 2010
  • Health, Human Services Commission announces more budget cuts – San Antonion Express News – 2010
  • Former State Worker Faces Felony Charges – Avalanche Journal – 2010
  • Texas Flap: Plan to Increase Medicaid Payments to Centers for Disabled Angers Activists – Texas Tribune – 2010
  • Abuse Reported at Austin State Supported Living Center – News 8 Austin – 2010
  • Problems Persist at State Center for Mentally Disabled, Monitor Finds – The Dallas Morning News – 2010
  • State Says it Can Staff Facilities – First on List is Lubbock Center, Feds are Told – Houston Chronicle – 2010
  • Despite Reforms, abuse in state institutions remains high – Texas Observer – 2010
  • U.S. Official critical of state’s living center agreement, Justice Department’s civil rights chief says fewer people with mental disabilities should be ‘warehoused’ by state – American Statesman – 2010
  • Disturbing findings in wake of ‘fight club’ – Houston Chronicle – 2010
  • Report: State facility for people with disabilities lacks psychiatrists, trained therapists – Austin American Statesman – 2010