Law:Title 7. Mental Health And Mental Retardation. Subtitle B. State Facilities from Chapter 555. State Supported Living Centers (Texas)

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Subtitle B. State Facilities

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Chapter 555. State Supported Living Centers

Subchapter A. General Provisions

Section 555.001.  Definitions.

In this chapter:

(1)  "Alleged offender resident" means a person with mental retardation who:

(A)  was committed to or transferred to a state supported living center under Chapter 46B or 46C, Code of Criminal Procedure, as a result of being charged with or convicted of a criminal offense; or

(B)  is a child committed to or transferred to a state supported living center under Chapter 55, Family Code, as a result of being alleged by petition or having been found to have engaged in delinquent conduct constituting a criminal offense.

(2)  "Center" means the state supported living centers and the ICF-MR component of the Rio Grande State Center.

(3)  "Center employee" means an employee of a state supported living center or the ICF-MR component of the Rio Grande State Center.

(4)  "Client" means a person with mental retardation who receives ICF-MR services from a state supported living center or the ICF-MR component of the Rio Grande State Center.

(5)  "Commission" means the Health and Human Services Commission.

(6)  "Complaint" means information received by the office of independent ombudsman regarding a possible violation of a right of a resident or client and includes information received regarding a failure by a state supported living center or the ICF-MR component of the Rio Grande State Center to comply with the department's policies and procedures relating to the community living options information process.

(7)  "Department" means the Department of Aging and Disability Services.

(8)  "Direct care employee" means a center employee who provides direct delivery of services to a resident or client.

(9)  "Executive commissioner" means the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission.

(10)  "High-risk alleged offender resident" means an alleged offender resident who has been determined under Section 555.003 to be at risk of inflicting substantial physical harm to another.

(11)  "Independent ombudsman" means the individual who has been appointed to the office of independent ombudsman for state supported living centers.

(12)  "Inspector general" means the Health and Human Services Commission's office of inspector general.

(13)  "Interdisciplinary team" has the meaning assigned by Section 591.003.

(14)  "Office" means the office of independent ombudsman for state supported living centers established under Subchapter C.

(15)  "Resident" means a person with mental retardation who resides in a state supported living center or the ICF-MR component of the Rio Grande State Center.

(16)  "State supported living center" has the meaning assigned by Section 531.002.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Section 555.002.  Forensic State Supported Living Center.

(a) The department shall establish a separate forensic state supported living center for the care apart from other clients and residents of high-risk alleged offender residents.  The department shall designate the Mexia State Supported Living Center for this purpose.

(b)  In establishing the forensic state supported living center, the department shall:

(1)  transfer an alleged offender resident already residing in a center who is classified as a high-risk alleged offender resident in accordance with Section 555.003, to the forensic state supported living center;

(2)  place high-risk alleged offender residents in separate homes at the forensic state supported living center based on whether an individual is:

(A)  an adult or a person younger than 18 years of age; or

(B)  male or female;

(3)  place alleged offender residents who are charged with or convicted of a felony offense or who are alleged by petition or have been found to have engaged in delinquent conduct defined as a felony offense, at the time the residents are initially committed to or transferred to a center, in the forensic state supported living center until a determination under Section 555.003 has been completed;

(4)  transfer all residents who request a transfer, other than high-risk alleged offender residents and alleged offender residents described by Subdivision (3) and for whom a determination has not been completed under Section 555.003, from the forensic state supported living center; and

(5)  provide training regarding the service delivery system for high-risk alleged offender residents to direct care employees of the forensic state supported living center.

(c)  An alleged offender resident committed to the forensic state supported living center, for whom a determination under Section 555.003 has been completed and who is not classified as a high-risk alleged offender resident, may request a transfer to another center in accordance with Subchapter B, Chapter 594.

(d)  The department shall ensure that the forensic state supported living center:

(1)  complies with the requirements for ICF-MR certification under the Medicaid program, as appropriate; and

(2)  has additional center employees, including direct care employees, to protect the safety of center employees, residents, and the community.

(e)  The department shall collect data regarding the commitment of alleged offender residents to state supported living centers, including any offense with which an alleged offender resident is charged, the location of the committing court, whether the alleged offender resident has previously been in the custody of the Texas Youth Commission or the Department of Family and Protective Services, and whether the alleged offender resident receives mental health services or previously received any services under a Section 1915(c) waiver program.  The department shall annually submit to the governor, the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the standing committees of the legislature with primary subject matter jurisdiction over state supported living centers a report of the information collected under this section.  The report may not contain personally identifiable information for any person in the report.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Section 555.003.  Determination Of High-risk Alleged Offender Status.

(a) Not later than the 30th day after the date an alleged offender resident is first committed to a state supported living center and, if the resident is classified as a high-risk alleged offender resident, annually on the anniversary of that date, an interdisciplinary team shall determine whether the alleged offender resident is at risk of inflicting substantial physical harm to another and should be classified or remain classified as a high-risk alleged offender resident.

(b)  In making a determination under Subsection (a), the interdisciplinary team shall document and collect evidence regarding the reason the alleged offender resident is determined to be at risk of inflicting substantial physical harm to another.

(c)  The interdisciplinary team shall provide the team's findings regarding whether the alleged offender resident is at risk of inflicting substantial physical harm to another and the documentation and evidence collected under this section to:

(1)  the department;

(2)  the director of the state supported living center;

(3)  the independent ombudsman;

(4)  the alleged offender resident or the alleged offender resident's parent if the resident is a minor; and

(5)  the alleged offender resident's legally authorized representative.

(d)  An alleged offender resident who is determined to be at risk of inflicting substantial physical harm to another and is classified as a high-risk alleged offender resident is entitled to an administrative hearing with the department to contest that determination and classification.

(e)  An individual who has exhausted the administrative remedies provided by Subsection (d) may bring a suit to appeal the determination and classification in district court in Travis County.  The suit must be filed not later than the 30th day after the date the final order in the administrative hearing is provided to the individual.  An appeal under this section is by trial de novo.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Subchapter B. Powers And Duties

Section 555.021.  Required Criminal History Checks For Employees And Volunteers Of Centers.

(a) The department and the Department of State Health Services shall perform a state and federal criminal history background check on a person:

(1)  who is:

(A)  an applicant for employment with the agency;

(B)  an employee of the agency;

(C)  a volunteer with the agency; or

(D)  an applicant for a volunteer position with the agency; and

(2)  who would be placed in direct contact with a resident or client.

(b)  The department and the Department of State Health Services shall require a person described by Subsection (a) to submit fingerprints in a form and of a quality acceptable to the Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for use in conducting a criminal history background check.

(c)  Each agency shall obtain electronic updates from the Department of Public Safety of arrests and convictions of a person:

(1)  for whom the agency performs a background check under Subsection (a); and

(2)  who remains an employee or volunteer of the agency and continues to have direct contact with a resident or client.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Section 555.022.  Drug Testing; Policy.

(a) The executive commissioner shall adopt a policy regarding random testing and reasonable suspicion testing for the illegal use of drugs by a center employee.

(b)  The policy adopted under Subsection (a) must provide that a center employee may be terminated solely on the basis of a single positive test for illegal use of a controlled substance.  The policy must establish an appeals process for a center employee who tests positively for illegal use of a controlled substance.

(c)  The director of a state supported living center or the superintendent of the Rio Grande State Center shall enforce the policy adopted under Subsection (a) by performing necessary drug testing of the center employees for the use of a controlled substance as defined by Section 481.002.

(d)  Testing under this section may be performed on a random basis or on reasonable suspicion of the use of a controlled substance.

(e)  For purposes of this section, a report made under Section 555.023 is considered reasonable suspicion of the use of a controlled substance.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Section 555.023.  Reports Of Illegal Drug Use; Policy.

The executive commissioner shall adopt a policy requiring a center employee who knows or reasonably suspects that another center employee is illegally using or under the influence of a controlled substance, as defined by Section 481.002, to report that knowledge or reasonable suspicion to the director of the state supported living center or the superintendent of the Rio Grande State Center, as appropriate.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Section 555.024.  Center Employee Training.

(a) Before a center employee begins to perform the employee's duties without direct supervision, the department shall provide the employee with competency training and a course of instruction about the general duties of a center employee.  The department shall ensure the basic center employee competency course focuses on:

(1)  the uniqueness of the individuals the center employee serves;

(2)  techniques for improving quality of life for and promoting the health and safety of individuals with mental retardation; and

(3)  the conduct expected of center employees.

(b)  The department shall ensure the training required by Subsection (a) provides instruction and information regarding the following topics:

(1)  the general operation and layout of the center at which the person is employed, including armed intruder lockdown procedures;

(2)  an introduction to mental retardation;

(3)  an introduction to autism;

(4)  an introduction to mental illness and dual diagnosis;

(5)  the rights of individuals with mental retardation who receive services from the department;

(6)  respecting personal choices made by residents and clients;

(7)  the safe and proper use of restraints;

(8)  recognizing and reporting:

(A)  evidence of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of individuals with mental retardation;

(B)  unusual incidents;

(C)  reasonable suspicion of illegal drug use in the workplace;

(D)  workplace violence; or

(E)  sexual harassment in the workplace;

(9)  preventing and treating infection;

(10)  first aid;

(11)  cardiopulmonary resuscitation;

(12)  the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (Pub. L. No. 104-191); and

(13)  the rights of center employees.

(c)  In addition to the training required by Subsection (a) and before a direct care employee begins to perform the direct care employee's duties without direct supervision, the department shall provide a direct care employee with training and instructional information regarding implementation of the interdisciplinary treatment program for each resident or client for whom the direct care employee will provide direct care, including the following topics:

(1)  prevention and management of aggressive or violent behavior;

(2)  observing and reporting changes in behavior, appearance, or health of residents and clients;

(3)  positive behavior support;

(4)  emergency response;

(5)  person-directed plans;

(6)  self-determination;

(7)  seizure safety;

(8)  techniques for:

(A)  lifting;

(B)  positioning; and

(C)  movement and mobility;

(9)  working with aging residents and clients;

(10)  assisting residents and clients:

(A)  who have a visual impairment;

(B)  who have a hearing deficit; or

(C)  who require the use of adaptive devices and specialized equipment;

(11)  communicating with residents and clients who use augmentative and alternative devices for communication;

(12)  assisting residents and clients with personal hygiene;

(13)  recognizing appropriate food textures;

(14)  using proper feeding techniques to assist residents and clients with meals;

(15)  physical and nutritional management plans; and

(16)  home and community-based services, including the principles of community inclusion and participation and the community living options information process.

(d)  The executive commissioner shall adopt rules that require a center to provide refresher training courses to direct care employees on a regular basis.

(e)  A center may allow an employee of an intermediate care facility for persons with mental retardation licensed by the department, an employee of a person licensed or certified to provide Section 1915(c) waiver program services, or another employee or professional involved in the provision of services to persons with mental retardation to receive information and training under this section, as appropriate.  The center may charge an administrative fee in an amount not to exceed the cost of providing the information or training.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Section 555.025.  Video Surveillance.

(a) In this section, "private space" means a place in a center in which a resident or client has a reasonable expectation of privacy, including:

(1)  a bedroom;

(2)  a bathroom;

(3)  a place in which a resident or client receives medical or nursing services;

(4)  a place in which a resident or client meets privately with visitors; or

(5)  a place in which a resident or client privately makes phone calls.

(b)  The department shall install and operate video surveillance equipment in a center for the purpose of detecting and preventing the exploitation or abuse of residents and clients.

(c)  The department may not install or operate video surveillance equipment in a private space or in a location in which video surveillance equipment can capture images within a private space.

(d)  The department shall ensure that the use of video surveillance equipment under this section complies with federal requirements for ICF-MR certification.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Subchapter C. Office Of Independent Ombudsman For State Supported Living Centers

Section 555.051.  Establishment; Purpose.

The office of independent ombudsman is established for the purpose of investigating, evaluating, and securing the rights of residents and clients of state supported living centers and the ICF-MR component of the Rio Grande State Center.  The office is administratively attached to the department.  The department shall provide administrative support and resources to the office as necessary for the office to perform its duties.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Section 555.052.  Independence.

The independent ombudsman in the performance of the ombudsman's duties and powers under this subchapter acts independently of the department.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Section 555.053.  Appointment Of Independent Ombudsman.

(a) The governor shall appoint the independent ombudsman.

(b)  The governor may appoint as independent ombudsman only an individual with at least five years of experience managing and ensuring the quality of care and services provided to individuals with mental retardation.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Section 555.054.  Assistant Ombudsmen.

(a) The independent ombudsman shall:

(1)  hire assistant ombudsmen to perform, under the direction of the independent ombudsman, the same duties and exercise the same powers as the independent ombudsman; and

(2)  station an assistant ombudsman at each center.

(b)  The independent ombudsman may hire as assistant ombudsmen only individuals with at least five years of experience ensuring the quality of care and services provided to individuals with mental retardation.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Section 555.055.  Conflict Of Interest.

A person may not serve as independent ombudsman or as an assistant ombudsman if the person or the person's spouse:

(1)  is employed by or participates in the management of a business entity or other organization receiving funds from the department;

(2)  owns or controls, directly or indirectly, any interest in a business entity or other organization receiving funds from the department; or

(3)  is required to register as a lobbyist under Chapter 305, Government Code, because of the person's activities or compensation on behalf of a profession related to the operation of the department.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Section 555.056.  Report.

(a) The independent ombudsman shall submit on a biannual basis to the governor, the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the chairs of the standing committees of the senate and the house of representatives with primary jurisdiction over state supported living centers a report that is both aggregated and disaggregated by individual center and describes:

(1)  the work of the independent ombudsman;

(2)  the results of any review or investigation undertaken by the independent ombudsman, including a review or investigation of services contracted by the department;

(3)  any recommendations that the independent ombudsman has in relation to the duties of the independent ombudsman; and

(4)  any recommendations that the independent ombudsman has for systemic improvements needed to decrease incidents of abuse, neglect, or exploitation at an individual center or at all centers.

(b)  The independent ombudsman shall ensure that information submitted in a report under Subsection (a) does not permit the identification of an individual.

(c)  The independent ombudsman shall immediately report to the governor, the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the chairs of the standing committees of the senate and the house of representatives having primary jurisdiction over the Department of Aging and Disability Services any particularly serious or flagrant:

(1)  case of abuse or injury of a resident or client about which the independent ombudsman is made aware;

(2)  problem concerning the administration of a center program or operation; or

(3)  interference by a center, the department, or the commission, other than actions by the commission's office of inspector general in accordance with the office's duties, with an investigation conducted by the independent ombudsman.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Section 555.057.  Communication And Confidentiality.

(a) The department shall allow any resident or client, authorized representative of a resident or client, family member of a resident or client, or other interested party to communicate with the independent ombudsman or an assistant ombudsman.  The communication:

(1)  may be in person, by mail, or by any other means; and

(2)  is confidential and privileged.

(b)  The records of the independent ombudsman are confidential, except that the independent ombudsman shall:

(1)  share with the Department of Family and Protective Services a communication that may involve the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a resident or client;

(2)  share with the inspector general a communication that may involve an alleged criminal offense;

(3)  share with the regulatory services division of the department a communication that may involve a violation of an ICF-MR standard or condition of participation; and

(4)  disclose the ombudsman's nonprivileged records if required by a court order on a showing of good cause.

(c)  The independent ombudsman may make reports relating to an investigation by the independent ombudsman public after the investigation is complete but only if the name and any other personally identifiable information of a resident or client, legally authorized representative of a resident or client, family member of a resident or client, center, center employee, or other individual are redacted from the report and remain confidential.  The independent ombudsman may provide an unredacted report to the center involved in the investigation, the department, the Department of Family and Protective Services, and the inspector general.

(d)  The name, address, or other personally identifiable information of a person who files a complaint with the office of independent ombudsman, information generated by the office of independent ombudsman in the course of an investigation, and confidential records obtained by the office of independent ombudsman are confidential and not subject to disclosure under Chapter 552, Government Code, except as provided by this section.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Section 555.058.  Promotion Of Awareness Of Office.

The independent ombudsman shall promote awareness among the public, residents, clients, and center employees of:

(1)  how the office may be contacted;

(2)  the purpose of the office; and

(3)  the services the office provides.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Section 555.059.  Duties And Powers.

(a) The independent ombudsman shall:

(1)  evaluate the process by which a center investigates, reviews, and reports an injury to a resident or client or an unusual incident;

(2)  evaluate the delivery of services to residents and clients to ensure that the rights of residents and clients are fully observed, including ensuring that each center conducts sufficient unannounced patrols;

(3)  immediately refer a complaint alleging the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a resident or client to the Department of Family and Protective Services;

(4)  refer a complaint alleging employee misconduct that does not involve abuse, neglect, or exploitation or a possible violation of an ICF-MR standard or condition of participation to the regulatory services division of the department;

(5)  refer a complaint alleging a criminal offense, other than an allegation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a resident or client, to the inspector general;

(6)  conduct investigations of complaints, other than complaints alleging criminal offenses or the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a resident or client, if the office determines that:

(A)  a resident or client or the resident's or client's family may be in need of assistance from the office; or

(B)  a complaint raises the possibility of a systemic issue in the center's provision of services;

(7)  conduct biennial on-site audits at each center of:

(A)  the ratio of direct care employees to residents;

(B)  the provision and adequacy of training to:

(i)  center employees; and

(ii)  direct care employees; and

(C)  if the center serves alleged offender residents, the provision of specialized training to direct care employees;

(8)  conduct an annual audit of each center's policies, practices, and procedures to ensure that each resident and client is encouraged to exercise the resident's or client's rights, including:

(A)  the right to file a complaint; and

(B)  the right to due process;

(9)  prepare and deliver an annual report regarding the findings of each audit to the:

(A)  executive commissioner;

(B)  commissioner;

(C)  Aging and Disability Services Council;

(D)  governor;

(E)  lieutenant governor;

(F)  speaker of the house of representatives;

(G)  standing committees of the senate and house of representatives with primary jurisdiction over state supported living centers; and

(H)  state auditor;

(10)  require a center to provide access to all records, data, and other information under the control of the center that the independent ombudsman determines is necessary to investigate a complaint or to conduct an audit under this section;

(11)  review all final reports produced by the Department of Family and Protective Services, the regulatory services division of the department, and the inspector general regarding a complaint referred by the independent ombudsman;

(12)  provide assistance to a resident, client, authorized representative of a resident or client, or family member of a resident or client who the independent ombudsman determines is in need of assistance, including advocating with an agency, provider, or other person in the best interests of the resident or client;

(13)  make appropriate referrals under any of the duties and powers listed in this subsection; and

(14)  monitor and evaluate the department's actions relating to any problem identified or recommendation included in a report received from the Department of Family and Protective Services relating to an investigation of alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a resident or client.

(b)  The independent ombudsman may apprise a person who is interested in a resident's or client's welfare of the rights of the resident or client.

(c)  To assess whether a resident's or client's rights have been violated, the independent ombudsman may, in any matter that does not involve an alleged criminal offense or the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a resident or client, contact or consult with an administrator, employee, resident, client, family member of a resident or client, expert, or other individual in the course of the investigation or to secure information.

(d)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the independent ombudsman may not investigate an alleged criminal offense or the alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a resident or client.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Section 555.060.  Retaliation Prohibited.

The department or a center may not retaliate against a department employee, center employee, or any other person who in good faith makes a complaint to the office of independent ombudsman or cooperates with the office in an investigation.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Section 555.061.  Toll-free Number.

(a) The office shall establish a permanent, toll-free number for the purpose of receiving any information concerning the violation of a right of a resident or client.

(b)  The office shall ensure that:

(1)  the toll-free number is prominently displayed in the main administration area and other appropriate common areas of a center; and

(2)  a resident, a client, the legally authorized representative of a resident or client, and a center employee have confidential access to a telephone for the purpose of calling the toll-free number.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Subchapter D. Inspector General Duties

Section 555.101.  Assisting Law Enforcement Agencies With Certain Investigations.

The inspector general shall employ and commission peace officers for the purpose of assisting a state or local law enforcement agency in the investigation of an alleged criminal offense involving a resident or client of a center.  A peace officer employed and commissioned by the inspector general is a peace officer for purposes of Article 2.12, Code of Criminal Procedure.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Section 555.102.  Summary Report.

(a) The inspector general shall prepare a summary report for each investigation conducted with the assistance of the inspector general under this subchapter.  The inspector general shall ensure that the report does not contain personally identifiable information of an individual mentioned in the report.

(b)  The summary report must include:

(1)  a summary of the activities performed during an investigation for which the inspector general provided assistance;

(2)  a statement regarding whether the investigation resulted in a finding that an alleged criminal offense was committed; and

(3)  a description of the alleged criminal offense that was committed.

(c)  The inspector general shall deliver the summary report to the:

(1)  executive commissioner;

(2)  commissioner of the department;

(3)  commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services;

(4)  Aging and Disability Services Council;

(5)  governor;

(6)  lieutenant governor;

(7)  speaker of the house of representatives;

(8)  standing committees of the senate and house of representatives with primary jurisdiction over centers;

(9)  state auditor;

(10)  the independent ombudsman and the assistant ombudsman for the center involved in the report; and

(11)  the alleged victim or the alleged victim's legally authorized representative.

(d)  A summary report regarding an investigation is subject to required disclosure under Chapter 552, Government Code.  All information and materials compiled by the inspector general in connection with an investigation are confidential, and not subject to disclosure under Chapter 552, Government Code, and not subject to disclosure, discovery, subpoena, or other means of legal compulsion for their release to anyone other than the inspector general or the inspector general's employees or agents involved in the investigation, except that this information may be disclosed to the Department of Family and Protective Services, the office of the attorney general, the state auditor's office, and law enforcement agencies.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Section 555.103.  Annual Status Report.

(a) The inspector general shall prepare an annual status report of the inspector general's activities under this subchapter.  The annual report may not contain personally identifiable information of an individual mentioned in the report.

(b)  The annual status report must include information that is aggregated and disaggregated by individual center regarding:

(1)  the number and type of investigations conducted with the assistance of the inspector general;

(2)  the number and type of investigations involving a center employee;

(3)  the relationship of an alleged victim to an alleged perpetrator, if any;

(4)  the number of investigations conducted that involve the suicide, death, or hospitalization of an alleged victim; and

(5)  the number of completed investigations in which commission of an alleged offense was confirmed or unsubstantiated or in which the investigation was inconclusive, and a description of the reason that allegations were unsubstantiated or the investigation was inconclusive.

(c)  The inspector general shall submit the annual status report to the:

(1)  executive commissioner;

(2)  commissioner of the department;

(3)  commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services;

(4)  Aging and Disability Services Council;

(5)  Family and Protective Services Council;

(6)  governor;

(7)  lieutenant governor;

(8)  speaker of the house of representatives;

(9)  standing committees of the senate and house of representatives with primary jurisdiction over centers;

(10)  state auditor; and

(11)  comptroller.

(d)  An annual status report submitted under this section is public information under Chapter 552, Government Code.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.



Section 555.104.  Retaliation Prohibited.

The department or a center may not retaliate against a department employee, a center employee, or any other person who in good faith cooperates with the inspector general under this subchapter.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 22, eff. June 11, 2009.


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