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Resource ID: #28684
Subject: Intellectually Disabled Abuse
Source: Tanya Eiserer, Jason Trahan and, Michael Botsford.
Affiliation: WFAA
Date: Feb. 21, 2019; March 15, 2019; March 27, 2019; May 17, 2019; Oct. 9, 2019; Dec. 6, 2019

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The intellectually disabled are among society’s most vulnerable. What we found is a taxpayer-funded system meant to protect them instead placing them in danger.
Our investigation revealed current Texas law allows a caretaker to continue to care for the intellectually disabled while appealing an abuse, neglect or exploitation finding. State regulators do not have the authority to suspend the caretaker during that appeals process.Furthermore, the investigation found a system designed to protect medical privacy actually put lives at risk.
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