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About State Supported Living Centers

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) operates state supported living centers.

The state supported living centers provide campus-based direct services and supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at 13 locations — Abilene, Austin, Brenham, Corpus Christi, Denton, El Paso, Lubbock, Lufkin, Mexia, Richmond, Rio Grande, San Angelo and San Antonio. (Note: The Rio Grande State Center is operated by the Texas Department of State Health Services and provides services through a contract with DADS.)

The state supported living centers serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are medically fragile or who have behavioral problems.

Admission to a State Supported Living Center

The first step in the admission process is to contact your local authority (LA). The LA will explain both community and residential services. The LA also will decide whether someone meets criteria for admission or commitment to a state supported living center.

If the person is determined eligible, and the person or his or her legally authorized representative chooses to pursue admission, the LA will submit an application packet to the state supported living center that serves the person's county of residence. If an appropriate vacancy does not exist at the local state supported living center, DADS staff will help find an appropriate vacancy at another state supported living center.

Types of Admission

Respite

Respite is temporary care to provide help or relief to a person with a developmental disability or his or her family. Respite can be provided for up to 30 days with one 30-day extension. Respite admission is considered voluntary and requires the consent of the proposed resident, if he or she is capable of giving legally adequate consent; the guardian of an adult who can't give consent; or the parent of a minor.

Emergency

An emergency admission is temporary care for someone who has an urgent need for services. This can last for up to 12 months. An emergency admission is considered voluntary and requires the consent of the proposed resident, if he or she is capable of giving legally adequate consent; the guardian of an adult who can't give consent; or the parent of a minor.

Regular

Regular admission is the long-term placement of someone who requires habilitative services, care, training and treatment. Regular admission requires the consent of the proposed resident, if he or she is capable of giving legally adequate consent, or the guardian of an adult who can't give consent. State supported living centers will not permit the regular voluntary admission of a minor.

Services

State supported living centers provide 24-hour residential services, comprehensive behavioral treatment services and health care services, including physician services, nursing services and dental services. Other services include skills training; occupational, physical and speech therapies; vocational programs; and services to maintain connections between residents and their families and natural support systems.

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Updated: October 1, 2014