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The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is cooperating with the National Direct Services Workforce Center in looking for volunteers to take part in a focus group about direct service workers (DSWs). The event will be in Austin on April 30 and May 1. Volunteers need attend only one session… | continue this story
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May 5, 2014
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Public Hearing Room
John H. Winters Human Services Complex
701 W 51st St.
July 12-16, 2014
Hyatt Regency Dallas
300 Reunion Blvd.
Note: The Texas Association of Area Agencies on Aging (T4A) will not hold their Aging in Texas Conference in 2014. They encourage the Texas aging network and partners to support and attend the national conference. Visit the N4A conference website for more information.
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Website usability and accessibility encompasses all disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive and neurological. Two rules became effective on Sept. 1, 2006, that are related to the accessibility of content on state of Texas Internet and intranet websites, including non-HTML documents such as PDFs, PowerPoint presentations and others. These rules are:
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services strives to ensure that its web pages display properly in the current and two previous versions of Internet Explorer and Firefox. When linking to other file types, such as PDFs, website users need to ensure they have downloaded the appropriate file viewing software. The following are some file types that you may find on the DADS website with links to downloading viewers or players.
The Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) has identified the Office of Consumer Rights and Services as its centralized source for the receipt of complaints by people who receive services from DADS, family members and the public.
To report a complaint about the treatment of older Texans and people with disabilities, including people with intellectual disabilities, who receive services in facilities or from agencies regulated by DADS click here to contact Consumer Rights and Services or call 1-800-458-9858.
If you are concerned with the treatment of someone living in a state supported living center (SSLC), call 1-877-323-6466, or 1-877-648-2233 if you use TDD, to speak to an independent ombudsman who can help. To learn more, visit the Independent Ombudsman website.
Suspected cases of abuse, neglect or exploitation of SSLC residents should be reported directly to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services at 1-800-252-5400.
Long-term care ombudsmen work to resolve complaints about the quality of life and quality of care of people who live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and to protect their rights. If you have concerns, call 1-800-252-2412. To learn more, visit the Long-Term Care Ombudsman website.
Contact the HHSC Ombudsman Office if you have complaints or issues related to health and human services programs not administered by DADS.
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Office of the Ombudsman, MC H-700
P.O. Box 13247
Austin, TX 78711-3247
Fax: 1-888-780-8099 (Toll-free)
TTY: 1-888-425-6889 or 1-512-438-3087
Consistent with requirements set out in the Settlement Agreement between the state of Texas and the U. S. Department of Justice, three teams of professionals in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities have been assigned responsibility for conducting a baseline review and subsequent on-site compliance monitoring visits at each of the 12 state supported living centers in Texas as well as at the ICF/IID component of the Rio Grande State Center.
The mission and performance of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) are under review by the Texas Legislature as required under the Texas Sunset Act. The Act provides that the Sunset Commission, composed of legislators and public members, periodically evaluate a state agency to determine if the agency is still needed and to explore ways to ensure that the agency's funds are well spent. Based on the recommendations of the Sunset Commission, the Texas Legislature ultimately decides whether an agency continues to operate into the future.