Boy's Death Leads To Resident Moves From Facility
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 4, 2005
HOUSTON, TEXAS--State officials have taken control of the privately run Thomas Care Center following investigations that revealed a number of neglect and supervision problems at the facility.
Dozens of residents with intellectual disabilities are being removed from the facility which is licensed for up to 214 people, the Houston Chronicle reported. By Tuesday there were 117 still at the institution.
In March, an 11-year-old boy died after his head was knocked into a table by a 15-year-old boy at the institution.
Inspectors then found many instances of residents being poorly supervised by untrained staff. They also found that staff members failed to address medical problems, including ear and eye infections.
The institution is owned by American Habilitation Services, which owns 31 such facilities in Texas and others in Florida.
"Facility's care spurs moving of retarded residents" (Houston Chronicle)