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					Presentation on House Charge 1 relating to implementation of the Department of
                Justice settlement agreement and SB 643 (81R)




                  Presented to:
          House Human Services Committee

                              March 23, 2010

               Beth Engelking, Assistant Commissioner
                      Adult Protective Services
            Texas Department of Family and Protective Services




           Overview of Legislative Requirements

• Conduct investigations in privately-operated ICFs-MR
  beginning in June, 2010

• Consult with DADS on establishment of data base using APS
  case information

• Establish processes for working with DADS, Independent
  Ombudsman, and Office of Inspector General

• Ensure compliance with Department of Justice Settlement
  Agreement



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            Texas Department of Family and Protective Services




   SB 643 – Transfer of Private ICF-MR Investigations

• 22 additional APS staff will on board in June


• Rules and policy changes are almost completed


• Regional trainings with DADS for providers are being held




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             Texas Department of Family and Protective Services



      SB 643 – Combined Investigative Data Base with DADS


• Ability to report results of abuse, neglect, and exploitation
  investigations in:
   – State Supported Living Centers
   – State-Operated/Private ICFs-MR
   – Home and Community Services waiver group homes


• Ability to report related results of DADS regulatory actions


• DFPS and DADS are working together to develop the data
  base


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            Texas Department of Family and Protective Services




Working with DADS, Independent Ombudsman and OIG

• Coordinating and communicating with DADS on various
  operational issues (e.g., how to access and use video
  surveillance information)

• HHSC is finalizing the MOU

• Developing plan to improve “forensic training” of APS staff
  (i.e., enhancing the ability to identify and report potential
  criminal offenses)




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            Texas Department of Family and Protective Services



 Ensuring Compliance with DOJ Settlement Agreement

• 36 additional staff have been hired due to workload increases
  resulting from three policy changes for SSLC investigations
   – Documented supervisory review of each investigation
   – 10-day investigation completion
   – Prior history review of alleged victims and alleged
     perpetrators

• APS is working with DADS to provide needed information to
  Settlement Agreement monitors

• APS policy and rule changes are on target

• June implementation

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            Texas Department of Family and Protective Services




                 Looking Toward the Future

• DFPS is on target in implementing the changes required in
  SB 643 and the DOJ Settlement

• Will continue to work with DADS to provide DOJ monitors
  information on compliance with Settlement Agreement

• Will monitor APS investigator workload to determine the
  impact of DOJ policy change, private ICF-MR investigations,
  and the increased oversight and expansion of waiver slots




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