Lufkin State School is 1 Of 13 Criticized For Health Services

LUFKIN,TX(KTRE)- Lufkin State School is 1 of 13 state schools in Texas cited in a new study that criticizes mental health services and treatment of patients.

A letter from the Department of Justice to Gov. Rick Perry stated that Texas facilities violated the rights of residents. Some of the findings from that study include staff shortages, low pay for direct care staff, and inadequate training.

The DOJ initially started an investigation with the Lubbock State School after allegations of failure to provide a professional standard of care. The findings from that report prompted the DOJ to expand its investigation to all of the state school campuses.

The Department of Aging and Disability Services, would not confirm the exact findings for each of the schools, but they are working to resolve the problems.

Cecilia Fedorov, DADS Press Officer says, "We have actually been in formal negotiations with the DOJ regarding the Lubbock investigations since 2007. So now the state will continue its collaborative efforts and negotiations with the Department of Justice in order to reach a detail agreement regarding the operations of all the state school centers."

KTRE contacted the Lufkin State School for comment and referred us to the Department of Aging and Disability Services. The state school is home to approximately 425 people, and there are close to a thousand employees.  DADS is approved to add 1,690 positions to the campuses across the state to improve staff training and use of restraints.