A state-run living center for the disabled in Austin spent a little over $1 million for a private firm to come in and resolve the many issues and infractions detailed in a report by state regulators. A year later the firm is gone and the center has the same amount of infractions. The Austin American-statesman ran a good piece on it last weekend.
But the story on living centers for disabled Texans and the issues facing those institutions is far longer. Five years ago the federal government ordered that Texas' 13 state-supported living facilities be monitored. As the feds mandated oversight comes to a close many are saying very little has improved.
- Beth Mitchell, supervising attorney for Disability Rights Texas
- Haley Turner, advocate supervisor for Disability Rights Texas
*This is the second segment in the April 23 edition of The Source, which airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM -- audio from this show will be posted by 5:30 p.m.