Lubbock State School Now Part of Statewide Investigation - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/22/08

Lubbock State School Now Part of Statewide Investigation

The federal investigation started in 2006 into the Lubbock State School is growing to a statewide investigation. There are 13 state schools like Lubbock's and the Department of Justice says their investigating what they call "systemic abuse."

The 2006 Lubbock State School investigation by the DOJ was started because of alleged poor health care and neglect to the residents there and also to residents at the Denton state school. That investigation is still underway and the DOJ is using the "Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act" or CRIPA to continue this investigation across Texas.

In response to this new, statewide investigation, The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services says the entire state school system has seen vast improvements since 2006. "We have continued to make improvements throughout the system. One thing that we have been doing is the training of our staff, they have a very difficult job serving the individuals entrusted in our care so we have expanded on our training," said Laura Albrecht with the state.

As far as the continued investigation, the Department of Aging and Disabilities says they're not surprised the DOJ is moving forward like this. "It's not uncommon that if the Department of Justice goes into one facility in the state they may go into others," added Albrecht.

The state says they're currently in negotiations with the DOJ about what happened at the Lubbock State School and that's as far as the spokesperson was willing go with information on that investigation.

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