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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents

Organization of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Executive administration, 1989-1993

State schools, 1990-1992

State hospitals, 1991-1992

State centers, 1986-1992

Research files and reports, 1966, 1984-1992

Media clippings on task force activities, 1991-1992

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Office of the Governor, Texas Mental Health/Mental Retardation Facility Review Task Force:

An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1966, 1984-1993



Overview

Creator: Texas. Office of the Governor. Texas Mental Health Mental Retardation Facility Review Task Force.
Title: Records
Dates: 1966, 1984-1993
Abstract: Types of records include correspondence, meeting transcripts, copies of legislative bills, reports, computer discs, contracts, audio cassette tapes, videotapes, and newspaper clippings. Records consist of executive administration files, files on state mental facilities, research files and reports of the Task Force, and media clippings of the Texas Governor's Office's Texas Mental Health and Mental Retardation Task Force from 1966, and 1984 to 1993.
Quantity: 14 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

The Texas Mental Health Mental Retardation (TXMHMR) Facility Review Task Force was created as part of House Bill 7, 72nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, in 1991. The Task Force was created to “study Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation facilities for the purpose of making recommendations to the governor regarding whether there should be closure or consolidation of any state facilities.” The Task Force was to assess the status of each facility against a set of legislatively mandated criteria in order to determine which facilities to recommend for closure or consolidation. Recommendations were to be based on the Task Force's assessment of the need for the facility, the ability of a particular facility to be modified for an alternative use, and the economic impact on the community. The Task Force was composed of five members from the general public, appointed by the governor. The Task Force was to issue a report to the governor regarding state schools and community facilities and programs no later than March 31, 1992, and state hospitals and state centers no later than December 1, 1992.

On March 31, 1992, the Task Force recommended to the governor that the Travis State School in Austin and the Fort Worth State School be closed. No state hospitals, centers, or other facilities were recommended for closure but the Task Force did prepare detailed recommendations for improvements.

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Scope and Contents

Types of records include correspondence, meeting transcripts, copies of legislative bills, reports, computer floppy discs, contracts, audio cassette tapes, videotapes, and newspaper clippings. Records include executive administration files, files on state mental facilities, research files and reports of the Task Force, and media clippings of the Texas Governor's Office's Texas Mental Health and Mental Retardation Task Force from 1966, and 1984 to 1993.

Executive administration records include transcripts of meetings, correspondence of task force members, and the settlement agreement of Leszl v. Kavanagh, a class action lawsuit that had prompted reforms in the treatment of residents in state mental facilities and whose settlement depended upon the recommendations of the Task Force. Correspondents with the Task Force and its staff include Texas Governor Ann Richards, U.S. Congressmen, state legislators, the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, the Texas Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities, family members of residents and patients of state mental facilities, and advocates for the mentally retarded. Subjects include proposed legislation, grant requests, assessments of facilities, recommendations for improvements, and the closure of state schools. In the executive administration records there is correspondence from the public both in favor of and against the decision to close the two state schools.

The three types of state mental facilities examined by the Task Force were state schools, state hospitals, and state centers. Records on facilities are divided by these three types and include meeting files, correspondence, and research files. The meeting files consist of briefing books, transcripts, and audio cassette tapes. Correspondence is generally from citizens and organizations in support of keeping a facility open within their community. Citizens of Mexia and San Angelo made especially strong lobbying efforts to the Task Force to keep their schools open. Research files include reports, subject files and media clippings.

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Organization of the Records

These records are organized into six groups:
Executive administration, 1991-1993
State schools, 1990-1992
State hospitals, 1990-1992
State centers, 1986-1992
Research files and reports, 1966, 1984-1992
Media clippings on task force activities, 1991-1992

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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 facilities--Texas.
Mental retardation facilities--Texas.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Mental health and mental retardation facilities--1984-1993.
Reports--Texas--Mental health and mental retardation facilities--1966, 1984-1993.
Transcripts--Texas--Mental health and mental retardation facilities--1984-1993.
Contracts--Texas--Mental health and mental retardation facilities--1984-1993.
Clippings--Texas--Mental health and mental retardation facilities--1984-1993.
Audio cassettes--Texas--Mental health and mental retardation facilities--1984-1993.
Videotapes--Texas--Mental health and mental retardation facilities--1984-1993.
Floppy disks--Texas--Mental health and mental retardation facilities--1984-1993.
Functions:
Advising on closing mental health/mental retardation facilities.

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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
See also other records of the individual Texas governors and the Texas Office of the Governor.
Texas, Board of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Minutes, 1965-1984, 1992-2000, 8.94 cubic ft.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Records, Texas Mental Health/Mental Retardation Facility Review Task Force, Texas Office of the Governor. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1993/117, 1995/053

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of Budget and Planning in the Office of the Governor on February 2, 1993 and January 13, 1995.

Processing Information

Paul Beck, April 1995

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Executive administration, 1989-1993

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1995/053-1 Task Force Executive Reports - Master Copies:
State Schools, March 31, 1992
State Hospitals, October 26, 1992
State Centers, December 1, 1992
Consultant Contracts, 1991-1992
Task Force Members' Resumes, 1991
Task Force Meeting Transcripts:
October 29, 1991
November 14, 1991
March 4-5, 1992
March 31, 1992
May 19, 1992
June 10, 1992
September 3, 1992
November 13, 1992
Pam Diamond Study and Data, re: State Hospital Usage, 1992
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1995/053-2 Correspondence:
Task Force Members, 1991-1992
Legislators, 1989-1992
TDMHMR [Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation], 1991-1992
Executive Report and Amendment, 1992
General - Incoming/Outgoing, 1991-1993
Pro Closure, 1991-1992
FAX Cover Sheets, 1991-1992
Mental Retardation Community Position Placement Papers, 1989-1991
Leszl v. Kavanagh Settlement Agreement/Injunction, 1991-1993
Task Force Meetings:
Notices of Open Meetings, 1991-1992
Written Testimony, November 14, 1991
Submitted Testimony, December 13, 1991
Written Testimony, March 4-5, 1992
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1995/053-5 Task Force Members Travel Records, 1991-1992
Budget and Revisions, 1991-1992
Grant Information, 1991-1993
State Center Information, 1992
ICF/MR [Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded] Participation Standards, 1990-1992
Internship Application/Information, 1992
Mailing List, 1991-1992

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State schools, 1990-1992

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1993/117-1 Task Force Meeting Files:
Briefing Book on Texas MHMR State Schools, 1991
Meeting October 29, 1991:
Transcript
Briefing Book
Meeting, November 14, 1991:
Transcript and Audio Cassette Tapes
Meeting, December 13, 1991:
Audio Cassette Tapes
Briefing Book
Meeting, January 8, 1992:
Audio Cassette Tapes
Meeting, March 4-5, 1992:
Transcript
Briefing Book
Audio Cassette Tapes
Emergency Meeting, March 31, 1992:
Audio Cassette Tape
Transcript
Media Updates, 1991-1992
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1993/117-2 Letters of Support, Reports, Resolutions, Etc.:
Abilene State School, 1992
Austin State School, 1991-1992
Brenham State School, 1990-1991
Corpus Christi State School, 1991-1992
Denton State School, 1992
Fort Worth State School, 1991-1992
Lubbock State School, 1991-1992
Lufkin State School, 1992
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1993/117-3 Mexia State School, 1991-1992
[2 folders]
Richmond State School, 1991-1992
[includes videotape]
San Angelo State School, 1992
San Antonio State School, 1992
Travis State School, 1992
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1993/117-4 Research Files:
Assorted Newspapers, 1992
State School Closure Plan, 1992
State School Cost Information, 1991-1992
TDMHMR Facility Master Plan, 1991-1992
Economic Impact, 1992
Land Use/Deeds, 1991-1992
Drafts of State School Executive Report, 1992
Miscellaneous State School Information, 1991-1992
Task Force Staff Notes, 1991-1992

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State hospitals, 1991-1992

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1993/117-5 Correspondence:
Task Force Members, July-December 1992
TDMHMR, Incoming/Outgoing, 1992
FAX Cover Sheets, 1992
TXMHMR State Hospitals, General Correspondence, 1991-1992
State Hospital General Information, 1992
General Land Office Report, 1992
Briefing Book on TXMHMR State Hospitals, May 1992
Task Force Meeting Files with Transcripts:
Informational Meeting, May 19, 1992
July 10, 1992
September 3, 1992
November 13, 1992
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1993/117-6 Austin State Hospital, 1992
Big Spring State Hospital, 1992
Kerrville State Hospital, 1991-1992
Rusk State Hospital, 1992
San Antonio State Hospital, 1992
Terrell State Hospital, 1992
Vernon State Hospital, 1992
Wichita Falls State Hospital, 1992
Waco Center for Youth, 1991-1992

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State centers, 1986-1992

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1993/117-6 State Centers - General Correspondence, 1986-1992
General State Center Information, 1991-1992
Legislation - State Centers, 1991
Economic Impact Study, 1991-1992
TXMHMR Local Study Group Reports on State Centers, 1988
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1993/117-7 Amarillo State Center, 1992
Texas Panhandle Mental Health Authority, 1991-1992
Beaumont State Center, 1992
E1 Paso State Center, 1992
Laredo State Center, 1992
Life Resource Center, 1992
Life Management Center, 1992
Rio Grande State Center, 1992
Tropical Texas Center for MHMR, 1991-1992
MHMR Authority of Harris County, 1992
Tri-County MHMR, 1992

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Research files and reports, 1966, 1984-1992

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1993/117-7 Final Copy:
State School Report, 1992
State Hospital Report, 1992
State Center Report, 1992
Preliminary Study on State Centers, 1992
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1993/117-8 “Helping the Mentally Retarded in Texas:Recommendations on Texas Plan to Combat Mental Retardation,” 1966
Mexia State School, assorted materials in support of school, 1992
R.A.J. v. Jones, settlement agreement, 1992
Drafts of State Hospital Report, 1992
Miscellaneous State Hospital Information, 1992
San Angelo State School support forms, 1992
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1995/053-3 Mental Health Service Delivery in Texas - Assorted Reports, 1989-1991
Excerpts from Ronald Luke's Dissertation, 1992
Goodrick, David [Consultant]. Assorted Papers, 1990-1991
Rienstra, Jan. Reports, 1988-1990
Mental Health Service Delivery in Other States, Maryland-Wyoming [not inclusive], 1987-1992
NCSL [National Conference of State Legislatures] State-Federal Assembly, 1991
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1995/053-4 Assorted Articles and Reports on Treating the Mentally Ill and State Hospitals, 1989-1992
NIMH [National Institute of Mental Health] Statistical Notes, 1991
Local Study Group Reports on Sunset Advisory Commission Evaluation of TDMHMR [Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation], 1988
Texas Sunset Advisory Commission Report on TDMHMR, 1986
Miscellaneous Papers on Mental Retardation, 1985-1991
Mental Retardation Service Delivery in the State of Texas, 1988-1991
Closure of State Schools in Other States, 1984-1991
Baddock, David. Assorted Papers, 1991

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Media clippings on task force activities, 1991-1992

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1993/117-9 State Schools Clippings, 1991-1992
State Hospitals Clippings, 1991-1992
State Centers Clippings, 1991-1992
Media Updates:
August 1, 1992 - December 1, 1992
December 15, 1992 - February 15, 1992
March 1, 1992 - May 1, 1992
May 15, 1992 - August 15, 1992
September 1, 1992 - December 15, 1992

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