Sunset Commission to vote on issues impacting elderly

Texas State Capitol. (Eric Janzen/KXAN)
Texas State Capitol. (Eric Janzen/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Wednesday, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission will vote on recommendations involving several Texas state agencies. One agenda item will include recommendations from the Commission’ staff regarding the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). AARP is calling on the advisory panel to support a slate of reforms to improve long-term care and nursing home quality in Texas.

A recent report revealed that statutes cripple DADS’ ability to effectively protect clients. It says the industry feels little consequence from committing repeated violations, including serious violations that can result in harm or even death. It adds that the statute prohibits DADS from applying penalties against most violations, since providers get multiple opportunities to correct them before ever facing a penalty.

According to their website, The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission is a 12-member legislative commission tasked with identifying and eliminating waste, duplication, and inefficiency for more than 130 Texas state agencies.

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