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Report critical of patient care at Living Center

Report critical of patient care at Living Center
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Friday, July 8, 2011 - 10:51am

The Lufkin State Supported Living Center’s most recent monitoring report through the Department of Justice showed minimal improvement in complying with federal standards.

According to a press release from Disability Rights Texas, the Lufkin center was “compliant in only 27 of 171 provisions addressed in the U.S. Department of Justice settlement agreement with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), which was established to ensure residents’ mental and physical health and safety while confined to the facility.”

Through that agreement, a group of “monitors” visit the supported living centers every six months and thoroughly evaluate the operations.

In the last report from December, 16 provisions had been met at the Lufkin center.

DADS spokeswoman Allison Lowery said the success is in the improvements that have been made since the settlement agreement in 2009.

“The one thing we feel like is important to note is that, while the facility has a lot of work ahead of it, it has made positive improvements which the monitors have noted in their reports,” Lowery said.

Disability Rights Texas — the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities in Texas — cited issues from the report, including a reduction of full-time psychiatrists, poor oral hygiene and a lack of physical and occupational therapy services for residents.

In cases of abuse, neglect or exploitation, the DFPS investigated 105 allegations at the Lufkin center. Sixteen of those allegations were confirmed, according to the monitoring report.

The facility investigators themselves conducted 44 additional serious incidents during the same time period. Lowery said those incidents would be outside the realm of neglect or abuse, like an accident, for instance. There were also 1,191 injuries reported during the first quarter of this fiscal year, which increased from 1,073 injuries reported in the previous quarter.

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