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URGENT: New Assault on State Supported Living Centers

Last legislative session and with the help of many, many friends, PART was able to fight back SB 602 by Sen. Chuy Hinojosa, D-McAllen, aimed at closing the State Supported Living Centers (SSLC). A special thanks goes out to Senator Lois Kolkhorst, R- Brenham and...

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Government Watchdog Warns Of Group Home Dangers

By Michelle Diament, DisabilityScoop Injuries, serious medical conditions and even deaths of those with developmental disabilities living in group homes often are not looked into and go unreported, federal investigators say. An audit of three states found that...

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SB 602 – Last Chance To Have an Impact

The 85th Texas Legislature is winding down to a crawl. House and Senate deadlines are looming. SB 602, the SSLC closure bill, is still viable but facing difficult challenges. We must act now to stop this misguided legislation! It's our last chance. The ARC of Texas is...

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SSLC Closure – The Real Play

During a recent Senate Finance Committee hearing, Sen. Charles Schwertner, loomed over a witness testifying on behalf of SSLCs and said, "Do you know how much your son costs the State of Texas?" Whoa, now that's cold. But it may underscore what's really at play. So...

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Message from Rabbi David Lyon on SB 602

Congregation Beth Israel, Houston Texas “When a Sacred Community Serves All God’s Children” Tazria-Metzora is one of the least favorite portions in the whole Torah, because it’s about bodily emissions, leprosy, and other taboo subjects. But, it’s a bum rap. If we read...

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SB 602 is No Study – SSLC Closure “Trojan Horse”

By Marion Franks, Health Policy Specialist, PITA Special contribution There’s some talk that the committee substitute for SB 602 is “just a study” and why would anyone object to that? Because it’s not. It’s a “restructuring commission” bill. Like the feds did with...

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Message from the President

Once again – just when you thought it was safe to go into the water – Rep. Stephanie Klick R- Ft Worth files HB 3080 – an SSLC closure bill that targets Austin SSLC and then creates a pathway to other closures.

Obviously, we have fought this battle before and probably will again. The good news is that there is no Senate bill this time around – and the bill filing deadline has passed. Sen. Chuy Hinojosa chose not to file a closure bill this session like he has in the past.

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Mary Elizabeth Butt Educational Fund

Mary Elizabeth Butt was a prominent Texas philanthropist and wife of HEB Grocery Company founder Howard Edward Butt Sr. We honor her lifetime legacy for her advocacy work in the world of developmental disabilities. The tax deductible fund is established to educate policymakers, clinicians, the media and the public of the need for a comprehensive system that includes residential care for our most vulnerable Texans.