The Sunset Advisory Commission adopted Sunset staff report recommendations regarding TCDD — Staff Report with Commission Decisions Dec 2014 PDF (webpage). The recommendations, which were adopted without modification, include the continuation of TCDD for 12 years until 2027.
Sunset staff found that TCDD and its functions are necessary to ensure that Texas meets the needs of people with developmental disabilities (DD). The report states that TCDD fulfills the critical role of identifying the most pressing needs of Texans with DD. Once the needs are determined, TCDD works to advance public policy and systems change to allow people with DD to gain more control over their own lives.
Sunset staff also recommended that TCDD improve its process for tracking grant project outcomes. Specifically, the report states that TCDD should establish clear expectations for grant project outcomes and track the five-year outcomes of grant projects designed to continue beyond the TCDD funding period. The report suggests this information will help TCDD to better identify successful outcomes, increase the effectiveness of future efforts, and ultimately improve the long-term impacts on services offered to people with DD.
A bill to continue TCDD until 2027 will be filed during the 84th Texas Legislative Session that convenes on January 13, 2015.