The number of individuals living in the Texas’ 13 State Supported Living Centers continues to decrease while the type of admissions is changing, according a recent report by the Department of Aging and Disability Services. The State Supported Living Centers Long Range Planning Report for Fiscal Years 2010-2012 indicates enrollment dropped from 4,985 in 2004 to 3,898 in June 2012. DADS projects that enrollment will decrease almost 43% from 2005 to 2015.
In 2011, there were 124 more separations than admissions to the SSLCs, as compared to 89 in 2004. Meanwhile, more individuals are being admitted through the legal system and about 63% had behavioral health challenges in 2012, compared to 50% in 2004. Maintenance costs for the facilities are estimated at close to $57 million for fiscal years 2013-2019.
In the 2012 Texas Biennial Disability Report (email us to request the report), the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities and the Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities recommended that the Texas Legislature continue to de-emphasize the use of the state supported living centers and invest in home- and community-based services in the most integrated setting and to achieve greater cost efficiencies.