by John Davidson
Texas Public Policy Foundation
August 06, 2014
Texas’ State Supported Living Centers (SSLCs) are closing by default. Deinstitutionalization is a national trend; most states have significantly reduced both their institutionalized population and the number of state-run facilities - except Texas, which still operates 13 SSLCs. Lawmakers should begin closing and consolidating SSLCs, beginning with the Austin facility, while implementing reforms to ease transition of SSLC residents into the community. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, along with their families, are opting out of the system. Lawmakers can manage the gradual decline of these state-run institutions or allow them to languish at the expense of those who remain trapped in a failing system.

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