Bills give DADS authority to close state-supported living centers

A pair of bills were filed Friday, the last day the Texas Legislature could file legislation for the 83rd biennium, that would give the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services the authority to close its state-supported living centers.

SB 1766, filed by State Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso, appears to be the companion to HB 3527.

The legislature has held that authority for themselves, but the system has come under increased scrutiny the past several years under a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

None of the state’s 13 centers that are home to about 4,000 Texans with disabilities have been able to come into substantial compliance with that settlement agreement, which is now more than three years old.

We’ll chase that story for more details today.

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