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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Organization of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Studies, reports, surveys, 1978-1982,

Committees, task forces, work groups, councils and boards, 1977-1982 (bulk 1980-1982),

Legislative files - Legislative Budget Board, Governor's Office, Legislature, 1978-1983,

Schools, hospitals, centers, and other (general), 1967-1975,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation:

An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1967-1983



Overview

Creator: Texas. Dept. of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.
Title: Records
Dates: 1967-1983
Abstract: Records consist of correspondence, memoranda, and various documents ranging in date from 1967 to 1983 and generated by the Commissioner of the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMR), by deputy commissioners, by the superintendents and other administrators of facilities for the mentally impaired across the state, by state legislators, and by the public, as well as by numerous committees, task forces, work groups, councils and boards. Records contain files pertaining to all divisions of the MHMR. A wide and diverse range of concerns, problems, and issues in the field of mental health and mental retardation are represented in these files.
Quantity: 4 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

The Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMR) was established in 1969, by the 59th Legislature, House Bill 3. It replaced the Board for Texas State Hospitals and Special Schools. The department is governed by the Texas Board of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, a nine-member board appointed by the Governor with Senate approval, to six-year overlapping terms. The Board chair is appointed by the Governor. Administration of the Department is through the Commissioner of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, appointed by the Board. The Commissioner appoints Deputy Commissioners for Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Community Services. These individuals administer the programs and facilities in their respective fields.

The Department emphasizes continuity of care for the mentally retarded and mentally ill, while deemphasizing institutionalization. It operates facilities providing vocational training and evaluation, counseling, day programs, recreation programs, experimentation with treatment and training methods, outpatient care, and traditional resident care. These services are administered through several divisions. The Mental Health Services Division operates state hospitals and outreach programs. The Mental Retardation Services Division operates MHMR centers, rehabilitation centers, and special schools, which also offer outreach services. The Community Services Division operates state centers for human development, and oversees community MHMR centers.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

Records consist of correspondence, memoranda, and various documents ranging in date from 1967 to 1983. Records were generated by the Commissioner of the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMR), by deputy commissioners, by the superintendents and other administrators of facilities for the mentally impaired across the state, by state legislators, and by the public, as well as by numerous committees, task forces, work groups, councils and boards. Records contain files pertaining to all divisions of the MHMR. A wide and diverse range of concerns, problems, and issues in the field of mental health and mental retardation are represented in these files.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.

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Organization of the Records

These records are organized into four series:
Studies, reports, surveys, 1978-1982, 0.75 cubic ft.
Committees, task forces, work groups, councils and boards, 1977-1982 (bulk 1980-1982), 2 cubic ft.
Legislative files - Legislative Budget Board, Governor's Office, Legislature, 1978-1983, 0.25 cubic ft.
Schools, hospitals, centers, and other (general), 1967-1975, 1 cubic ft.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Mental health services--Texas.
Mental health boards--Texas.
Mental health facilities--Texas.
Mental retardation--Texas.
Mental retardation facilities--Texas.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Mental health services--1967-1983.
Correspondence--Texas--Mental retardation--1967-1983.
Memorandums--Texas--Mental health services--1967-1983.
Memorandums--Texas--Mental retardation--1967-1983.
Functions:
Administering mental health services.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Board for State Hospitals and Special Schools, Minutes, 1951-1955, 1958-1963, 1 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Minutes and agenda, 1965-1984, 1986-1987, 1992-2001, 13.66 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Records, 1967-1983, 4 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Board meeting files, 1981-1983, 3 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Community Services Division, Records, 1967-1979 and Board meeting files, 1971, 2.61 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Community Services Division, Records, 1968-1974, 2 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Community Services Division, Executive Director memos, 1975-1978, 1 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Executive Committee meeting files and memos, 1975-1978, 1 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Mental Retardation Services Division, Records, 1978-1982, 1 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Monthly population census reports, 1965-1972, 0.47 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Outreach Programs, State Centers for Human Development, 1967-1977, 2 cubic ft.
Texas Legislature, House Committee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation minutes and witness affirmations, 1967-1971, fractional [Restricted]
Texas Legislature, House Committee on State Hospitals and Special Schools minutes and witness affirmations, 1953-1965, 0.24 cubic ft. [Restricted]
Governor's Office, Mental Health/Mental Retardation Facility Review Task Force records, 1966, 1984-1993, 14 cubic ft.
Mental Health Code Task Force, Records, 1981-1985, 4 cubic ft.
Texas State Board of Control, Records, 1916-1979, 83.05 cubic ft. [include minutes, board orders, and correspondence with the state schools and hospitals before 1950--restricted]
Texas State Board of Control, Eleemosynary Division, Adminitrative files, 1937-1946, 1 cubic ft.
Texas State Board of Control, Eleemosynary Division, Register, 1940-1950, 0.11 cubic ft.
Texas State Board of Control, Requisitions for state hospitals, 1927-1940, 0.47 cubic ft. [unprocessed; no finding aid available; call number is 1-9/761.]
Texas State Board of Control, State hospital reports, property inventory (Dept. of Public Safety), 1933-1942, 0.47 cubic ft. [unprocessed; no finding aid available; call number is 4-16/61.]
Texas State Board of Control, Transcripts of lunacy cases, petition to remove superintendant at the Deaf School, 1943-1944, undated, 1 cubic ft. [restricted] [unprocessed; no finding aid available; call number is 4-16/86.]
Strays Collection, Assorted record groups, State Lunatic Asylum, Board of Managers, Minutes, 1883, fractional [unprocessed; no finding aid available; call number is Box Strays ARG.]
Strays Collection, Secretary of State, Board of Managers, State Lunatic Asylum, proposal to locate facilities, abstract of title of lands offered for location of Lunatic Asylum, 1889, fractional [unprocessed; no finding aid available; call number is Box Strays S4.]
Related Manuscript Collection: Austin State School, Correspondence of Superintendent J. W. Bradfield, 1917-1919, 0.3 cubic ft.
Related Manuscript Collection: Lamb (Josephine T.) Collection, 1954-1966, 14 cubic ft.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Records, Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1991/105

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation on March 8, 1991.

Processing Information

Lisa M. Hendricks, February 1992

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Studies, reports, surveys, 1978-1982,
0.75 cubic ft.

Records are reports, studies, and surveys, along with related correspondence and memoranda, dating from 1978 to 1982. Files in this series illustrate the activities and responsibilities of the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, charged with providing a broad range of services to the mentally impaired citizens of Texas and operating within various legislative mandates. Records include reports on construction projects, correctional and forensic issues, competency determination for the mentally impaired, voluntary admissions and court commitments of the mentally impaired, a report concerning proposed reductions in social entitlement programs (Medicare, Medicaid), as well as other reports, studies, and surveys concerning the health, safety and well-being of clients and operation of facilities on their behalf. See also Committees, task forces, work groups, councils and boards.
Arrangement
These records are arranged alphabetically by folder titles.
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Mental health services--Texas.
Mental health facilities--Texas.
Mental retardation--Texas.
Mental retardation facilities--Texas.
Mentally handicapped--Institutional care--Texas.
Document Types:
Reports--Texas--Mental health services--1978-1982.
Surveys (questionnaires)--Texas--Mental health services--1978-1982.
Correspondence--Texas--Mental health services--1978-1982.
Memorandums--Texas--Mental health services--1978-1982.
Functions:
Administering mental health services.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Studies, reports, surveys, Records, Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
box
1991/105-1 1980 Survey of Public Residential Facilities for the Mentally Retarded, Developmental Disability Project, University of Minnesota
Aids Turnover Study Proposal, 1980
Community Support Programs in Texas, Evaluation, 1982
Competency Evaluations, 1978-1981
Conference: Correctional & Forensic Issues, Huntsville, Texas, October 19-21, 1982
Construction Status - Abilene, Fort Worth, Lubbock, and San Angelo Centers (Lonnie Willis files), 1981-1982
Court Commitments (Kevin Barton, PhD), 1980
Court Commitments (Involuntary), 1978-1980
Court Commitments - Responses, 1979-1980
Educational Rights Handbook
Fletcher vs. Lauderdale
House Resolution 6529 (Jobs and Business Opportunities for the Handicapped Act of 1982)
Individual Client Program Review (ICPR) Pilot Project, 1979-1982
Jenkins vs. Cowley, 1979
Juvenile Judge Letters, 1979
Personal Care Home Standards, 1980
Pharmakon, 1982
Positive Discipline, 1980-1981
Primary Home Care Rules, Department of Human Resources, 1981
Program Analysis and Statistical Research (PASR)
Register of State School Placements, 1983
Residential Services for the Mentally Retarded in the US Delphi Study (Susan Roos), [197-]
Social Work Certification Act of 1981
SSI/SSDI Payments, 1982
Standards Non-Residential and Community Based Residential Programs, 1981-1982
Unit Dose Pilot Study at Austin State School, 1981-1982
Waiting List Study: Tim Graves, 1978-1979

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Committees, task forces, work groups, councils and boards, 1977-1982 (bulk 1980-1982),
2 cubic ft.

Records are reports, correspondence, and memoranda dating from 1977 to 1982. The bulk of the files in this series date between 1980 and 1982 and consist primarily of findings of various committees, task forces, and work groups together with related correspondence and memoranda. Topics covered include reports addressing client abuse and neglect, funding for early childhood intervention programs, grievance procedures for employees of MHMR facilities, the quality of laboratory services provided by the MHMR, and various superintendents' committee findings concerning topics as varied as wages, salaries, employee turnover, wheelchair programs and off-campus camping/recreational policies. Included in this series is a lengthy file of the "Grubbs Committee Hearing," a special committee appointed in 1982 to investigate MHMR matters.
Arrangement
These records are arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Texas. Dept. of Mental Health and Mental Retardation--Officials and employees.
Mental health services--Texas.
Mental retardation--Texas.
Document Types:
Reports--Texas--Mental health services--1977-1982.
Correspondence--Texas--Mental health services--1977-1982.
Memorandums--Texas--Mental health services--1977-1982.
Functions:
Administering mental health services.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Committees, task forces, work groups, councils, and boards, Records, Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
box
1991/105-1 Business Manager Recommendations, October 13-14, 1982
Central Office S.O.P. Committee (Standard Office Procedures), 1982
Client and Employee Safety Committee, 1977-1980
Continuity of Care Task Force, 1980
Criminal Justice Corrections System, Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission..., 1982
Format for Reporting Meetings, Committees, Work Groups and Task Forces, 1978-1979
Formulary Committee, 1983
Governor's Task Force for Handicapped Citizens, 1980-1981
box
1991/105-2 Grievance Panel - Central Office, 1978-1980
Grubbs Committee Hearing, Special Committee to Investigate MHMR, 1982
Human Services Interagency Committee, 1980-1981
Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR), Executive Committee, 1980-1982
Laity Lodge, 1982
Reorganization of Central Office, 1982
Reorganization - Central Office Space Committee, 1982-1983
Reorganization - Mental Retardation Division, 1982
Research Advisory Council, 1982
Residential Services Committee, Commissioner's Audit Assignment, 1981
Special Committee on Delivery of Human Services, 1978-1980
Senate Resolution-67 Committee, 1979-1981
State School Medical Care Audit Committee, Managment Letters, 1979-1980
Superintendents' Competency Task Force, 1981-1982
box
1991/105-3 Superintendents' Personnel Committee, 1978-1981
Superintendents' Planning and Evaluation Committee, 1964-1979
Superintendents' Committee on Residential and Community Based Services, 1978-1982
Task Force for Assessment of San Antonio State School as Component of San Antonio State Hospital, 1982
Task Force on Client-Employee Safety Program, 1980-1982
Task Force on Guardianship, 1980
Task Force on TDMHMR Laboratory Services, 1980-1982

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Legislative files - Legislative Budget Board, Governor's Office, Legislature, 1978-1983,
0.25 cubic ft.

Records are correspondence, memoranda, legislative bills, and related materials dating from 1978 to 1983. Files in this series include details of appropriation bills, the Governor's vetoes of legislation, commissioners' appeals, requests for monitoring and tracking of pending legislation that might affect the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation and records regarding some Senate subcommittees.
Arrangement
These records are arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Mental health laws--Texas.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Mental health laws--1978-1983.
Memorandums--Texas--Mental health laws--1978-1983.
Bills (legislative records)--Texas--Mental health laws--1978-1983.
Functions:
Developing mental health laws.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Legislative files - Legislative Budget Board, Governor's Office, Legislature, Records, Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
box
1991/105-3 Appeal Procedures, 1980-1981
Appropriations Bill, Governor's Veto, 1980-1981
Appropriations Bill Rider, Provisions, 1980-1981
Appropriations Bill Rider, Provisions, 1982-1983
Commissioner's Appeals, 1979
Correspondence, 1979-1981
General, 1978-1981
General Responsibility, 1979
House Bill 71, 1978
Legislative Budget Board Communications, 1978-1982
Legislative Budget Board - Staff Budget Summaries to Superintendents, 1978-1979
Program Descriptions for Legislature, 1979
Requests, 1980-1981
Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, 1979
Senate Subcommittee Human Resources, 1982

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Schools, hospitals, centers, and other (general), 1967-1975,
1 cubic ft.

Records are documents and correspondence of the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, dating from 1967 to 1975, directly relating to various state schools, hospitals, regional and community centers for MHMR, state centers for human development and outreach clinics. Also present is a detailed file of the May 22, 1975 Board of Trustees Meeting and a file concerning the Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences (TRIMS) which is the patient care-research-training facility of the MHMR.
Arrangement
These records are arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences.
Mental health services--Texas.
Mental health facilities--Texas.
Mental retardation facilities--Texas.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Mental health facilities--1967-1975.
Functions:
Administering mental health services.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Schools, hospitals, centers, and other (general), Records, Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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1991/105-4 Amarillo State Center for Human Development, 1974
Amarillo State Center for Human Development, 1973
Beaumont State Center for Human Development, 1974
Beaumont State Center for Human Development, 1973
Board of Trustees Meeting, May 22, 1975
Del Rio Outreach Clinic, 1971
Gregg-Harrison MHMR Center, 1975
Gregg-Harrison MHMR Center, 1974-1975
Hospitals - General Information, 1972-1975
Outreach Programs, 1969
Permian Basin Community Centers for MHMR, Minutes, 1975
Permian Basin Community Centers for MHMR, 1975
Permian Basin Community Centers for MHMR, 1974
Southeast Texas Regional MHMR Center, 1975
Southeast Texas Regional MHMR Center, 1974-1975
State Schools - General, 1975
Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences (Houston), 1975

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