In January 2000, Texas embarked on a Promoting Independence Initiative
in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Olmstead v. Zimring. The Court
ruled in June 1999 that states must provide community-based services for persons
with disabilities who would otherwise be entitled to institutional services,
- the state's treatment professionals determine that such placement is appropriate;
- the affected persons do not oppose such treatment; and
- the placement can be reasonably accommodated, taking into account the resources
available to the state and the needs of others who are receiving state supported
Texas' Promoting Independence initiative supports allowing an individual with
a disability to live in the most appropriate care setting available. The statewide
initiative began in 1999 when Gov. George W. Bush affirmed the value of community-based
alternatives for persons with disabilities in an Executive Order.
More recently, Gov. Rick Perry signed Executive
Order RP 13 on April 18, 2002, also relating to community-based alternatives
for people with disabilities.
In response to Governor Bush’s Order and the Supreme Court's decision
v. Zimring, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission developed the Texas
Promoting Independence Plan.
Promoting Independence Advisory Committee
The Promoting Independence Advisory Committee meets quarterly on the third Thursday during the months of:
The meetings are convened at the Brown-Heatley Public Hearing Room from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Brown-Heatley is at 4900 North Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas.
Contact information for the Promoting Independence Advisory Committee is at 512-438-2260; please call if you want to be on the distribution list for agenda information.
April 19, 2013