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: These records of the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMR) include agenda, minutes, memos, correspondence, reports, and contracts. Dates of the records range from 1967 to 1983. Records include meeting files of the Board of MHMR (1981-1983), meeting files and memos from the MHMR Executive Committee (1975-1978), and outreach programs coordinated by regional State Centers for Human Development (1967-1977).
Quantity: 6 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 which operates MHMR centers, rehabilitation centers, and special schools, also offers outreach services. The Community Services Division operates state centers for human development, and oversees community MHMR centers.


Scope and Contents of the Records

These records of the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMR) include agenda, minutes, memos, correspondence, reports, and contracts. Dates of the records range from 1967 to 1983. Records include meeting files of the Board of MHMR (1981-1983), meeting files and memos from the MHMR Executive Committee (1975-1978), and outreach programs coordinated by regional State Centers for Human Development (1967-1977).

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.


 

Organization of the Records

These records are organized into three series.
Mental Health and Mental Retardation Board meeting files, 1981-1983, 3 cubic ft.
Executive Committee meeting files and memos, 1975-1978, 1 cubic ft.
Outreach programs, State Centers for Human Development, 1967-1977, 2 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.


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--Texas.
Mental retardation--Texas.
Mental health facilities--Texas.
Mental retardation facilities--Texas.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Mental retardation--1967-1983.
Minutes--Texas--Mental retardation--1967-1983.
Reports--Texas--Mental retardation--1967-1983.
Correspondence--Texas--Mental health--1967-1983.
Minutes--Texas--Mental health--1967-1983.
Reports--Texas--Mental health--1967-1983.
Functions:
Administering mental health facilities.
Administering mental retardation facilities.

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
Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Minutes and agenda, 1965-1984, 1986-1987, 1989-2002, 18.12 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, Community Services Division, Records, 1967-1979, 2.61 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Design and Construction Section, Construction records, 1966-1973, 26 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Monthly population census reports, 1965-1972.
Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Records, 1967-1983, 4 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Records, 1968-1982, 3 cubic ft.
Mental Health Code Task Force, Records, 1981-1985, 4 cubic ft.
Texas Mental Health/Mental Retardation Facility Review Task Force, Records, 1966, 1984-1993, 14 cubic ft.

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: 1994/089

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 April 13, 1994.

Processing Information

Paul Beck, May 1994


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Mental Health and Mental Retardation Board meeting files, 1981-1983,
3 cubic ft.

Meeting file records (1981-1983) from the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Board include minutes, agenda, correspondence, exhibits, budget revisions, and information sent to the Texas Register for publication. Topics at Board meetings include agency budget requests and revisions, legislative appropriations, pending litigation, duties of the commissioner, and appointments of superintendents and other personnel matters.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Mental Health and Mental Retardation Board meeting files, Records, Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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1994/089-1 April 7, 1981
May 15, 1981
June 26, 1981
July 24, 1981
Budget Revisions FY 1981, 1980-1981
[Budget] Changes Submitted to the Board Requiring Deputy Commissioners Approval FY 1981, 1980-1981
August 21, 1981
October 2, 1981
November 20, 1981
December 14, 1981
January 22, 1981
February 26, 1982
March 19, 1982
April 22, 1982
box
1994/089-2 May 14, 1982
June 25, 1982
July 23, 1982
TDMHMR [Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation] Minutes FY 1982, 1981-1982
[Budget] Changes Submitted to the Board Requiring Deputy Commissioners Approval FY 1982, 1981-1982
Budget Revisions FY 1982, 1981-1982
Information Submitted to the Texas Register for Publication, 1982
August 20, 1982
October 1, 1982
November 18, 1982
December 17, 1982
box
1994/089-3 January 28, 1983
February 17, 1983
March 25, 1983
April 15, 1983
May 27, 1983
July 27, 1983
Budget Revisions FY 1983, 1982-1983
[Budget] Changes Submitted to the Board Requiring Deputy Commissioners Approval FY 1983, 1982-1983
Information Submitted to the Texas Register for Publication, 1983
TDMHMR Minutes FY 1983, 1982-1983
August 26, 1983



 

Executive Committee meeting files and memos, 1975-1978,
1 cubic ft.

Executive Committee records consist of meeting files and memos of the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners of the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Both meeting files and memos cover such topics as funding, personnel, reports, budget preparations, automation systems, administrative orders, and many other issues associated with administering a large government agency. The meeting files (1975-1978) include agenda, minutes, notes, and correspondence. Memos (1975-1978) are filed separately from the meeting files.
Arrangement
The meeting files are arranged chronologically. The memos are arranged by author or subject.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Executive Committee meeting files and memos, Records, Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Meetings
box
1994/089-4 1975-1977
1977
1978
Memos
box
1994/089-4 Commissioner's Office Memos, 1975-1978
Proposed Standards Issued by Commissioner for Department FY 1975, 1975
Criteria, Procedures and Process for Determining a Person to be MR [Mentally Retarded] - Proposed Administrative Order, 1976
Central Office Research Review Committee, 1975
Compliance with SB 41, 1975
Staffing Methodologies Work Group, 1975
Information Systems Control Group, 1977
E.M. Scott, Assistant Commissioner, 1976-1977
Austin State School - Safety Program, 1977
Medical Records Committee, 1975-1977
W.G. Kirklin, Assistant Commissioner, 1976-1977



 

Outreach programs, State Centers for Human Development, 1967-1977,
2 cubic ft.

These records relating to outreach (1967-1977) come from regional centers and include correspondence, guidelines and procedures, reports, and contracts. An outreach program developed by the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, pursuant to the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Act of 1969, was to reintroduce mentally retarded individuals in state institutions back into the local community. MHMR established regional state centers to assist local agencies and private organizations in providing appropriate, needed community services for their mentally retarded citizenry.
Arrangement
These records are arranged alphabetically by name of regional center.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Outreach programs, State Centers for Human Development, Records, Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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1994/089-5 State Schools, General, 1973
State Hospitals, General, 1969-1975
Amarillo State Center for Human Development:
1969-1971
1972
1974
1975
1976
1977
Beaumont State Center for Human Development:
1970-1971
1972
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1994/089-6 1975
1977
Del Rio-Eagle Pass-Uvalde Outreach Program, 1969-1974
El Paso Center for Human Development:
1974
1976
1977
Fort Worth State Adult Clinic, 1967-1974
Rio Grande State Center, 1971-1976