- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A report recommends six state institutions for people with intellectual disabilities should close because the sites are expensive, unnecessary and some are falling apart.

The Austin American-Statesman (https://bit.ly/1meBs12 ) reports the Sunset Advisory Commission staff report will be forwarded to the 2015 Legislature.

The report released Thursday says the Austin State Supported Living Center should shut down in 2017 - five years before the other sites as proposed in the report. The report says the center continues to demonstrate violations that threaten the safety of residents and its federal certification.

The report does not say which other facilities should be closed.

The Sunset Advisory Commission, which reviews and suggests changes to state agencies, reviewed the Department of Aging and Disability Services. The agency is expected to formally respond by early June.





Information from: Austin American-Statesman, https://www.statesman.com

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