Submitted Via email: RULES@dfps.state.tx.us
The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) submits the following comments for consideration in the adoption of proposed new sections (40 TAC Chapter 707) and the proposed repeal of the sections the new rules would replace (40 TAC Chapter 700).
TCDD is established by state and federal law and is governed by 27 Governor-appointed board members, 60 percent of whom are individuals with developmental disabilities or family members of individuals with disabilities. The Council’s purpose in law is to encourage policy change so that people with disabilities have opportunities to be fully included in their communities and exercise control over their own lives.
PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOL INVESTIGATIONS
With respect to the investigation of an allegation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a student by an employee or agent of a public or private school, TCDD recommends that the DFPS investigation, dispositions, and data collection and reporting to the public be consistent with the established role for other facilities and programs in its purview:
ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE OF INDIVIDUALS AGED 18+ IN “CHILD” SETTINGS
TCDD suggests that clarification is needed concerning the entity that investigates ANE allegations of individuals who are 18+ and who are receiving services in public or private secondary schools or residential treatment centers for children and youth.
Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments. Please contact us if we can provide additional information or help to make these policy and process recommendations attainable.
Linda Logan, MPAff
Public Policy Specialist
6201 E. Oltorf St., Suite 600 | Austin, TX 78741-7509 | www.tcdd.texas.gov | 512-437-5432
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