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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 3, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Page 14 Herald-Zerfung New Braunfels. Texas Thursday December 3 1987 Deficiencies threaten funds, certification of state school AUSTIN (AP) State mental retardation officials say they are correcting problems at Austin State School that otherwise could cause the facility for the retarded to lose Medicaid funding State health inspectors said they found 23 deficien des at the school including ones that could threaten residents' health and safety three weeks after the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation signed a federal court agreement requiring the 13 state schools to maintain Medicaid certification The agreement was signed Od 15 before I S District Judge Barefoot Sanders of Dallas The judge last summer found the state in contempt of court for violating the rights oi the retarded The health officials recommended cutting off Medicaid funds for Austin State School on Reb I if the institution does not correct deficiencies The state receives about SKH million annually in federal Medicaid money to help care for residents at the school State records show the Austin school problems were found Nev 2-;> during an inspection by the Texas Department of Health, which surveys state schools for the Medicaid program Billy R Stokes, superintendent of the Austin school, said he has invited health inspectors to return Dec 17 because the problems should tie corrected by then ‘ We’re confident about that We thought the fin dings were fair. and we've already put into place a plan to correct the deficiencies,’’ Stokes said Deficiencies include improper supervision of residents during mealtime, lack of a timely psychiatric review of some residents who take anti psychotic drugs, too tew workers on some dormitories and unsanitary conditions in some dorms The unsanitary conditions included roaches and dead gnats in kitchens, dirty combs and toothbrushes and ice trays filled with dirty ice. according to health department records. Philadelphia attorney David Ferleger represen tative for the retarded plaintiffs in the court case against state schools, said the deficiencies show the lack of a good faith effort on the part of the state to tm prove services for the retarded "Unfortunately, it s business as usual.’’ Ferleger said ‘The finding of deficiencies to me demonstrates that the lessons of the contempt order haven t been learned.'' State officials disputed Ferleger s assessment We haven t lost certification, and we’re working very hard to correct these deficiencies It s absolutely not a back pedaling or violation of the court agree merit said Jay Ion Fincannon. deputy Texas commis Moner for mental retardation Roger Bateman of Corpus Christi chairman of the Texas Board of Mental Health and Mental Retards lion, said. We've really been running seared to comp Iv with everything Residents donating to prison land fund _i SNYDER i Ai’ * Residents in this West Texas city have taken a novel approach to buying a prison site to donate to the Texas Department of Corrections The TIX’ chose Scurry County recently as a site for a new prison and although the department will pay for the construction, the county has to donate the property So franks and savings and loans are lending money at low interest to pen pie so they can donate the money to a fund to buy the land It s all in the name of economic development. Bill Parker president of West Texas State Bank, said Wednesday "It s a recession proof, non polluting industry thats here forever." he said of the prison The county has designated WW) acres of farmland for the prison and county business leaders have impos ed a Dec 15 deadline to raise $1 million to buy the land. Parker said "I can almost tell you it s in the bag. " he said \s of Wednesday about > «r»n ooh had tieen donated to the Scurry ( oun ty Area Foundation, which will buy the land and turn the deed over to the state Parker said Atxiut 85 percent of the sum had t**en borrowed from financial institutions, the rest .nut* from other donations Businesses as well as individuals are borrowing and donating “It s interesting that the bulk of the money comes from small people people like me and mom and pop store owners.” Parker said "Several 8 . 9 , IO year old people have come in and contributed a dollar or $2 The turnout of the people of Snyder has tieen extremely heart warming Business leaders have said support for the prison has tieen strong The medium security regional re integration facility will provide 250 permanent jobs and an annual payroll of $0 7 million Once the land is donated to the TIX', the department will pay for prison construction It is expected to cost about $13 million Snyder with a population of about 12Duo is about 05 miles northwest of Abilene I ..... h I .... .Im. 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I I*.. * .fir,I City cleans out shanties of homeless WICHITA FALLS AP No one seemed to be happy to see tile destruction by city workers of a cluster of shanties used by a group of homeless men “ Somebody s got to Ik* the bad guy Wichita Falls code enforce merit supervisor Jim King said after city workers destroyed the cluster of shanties Wednsday out of work men who had lived in the area lugged their tents mongrel puppies and cans of food out of the makeshift homes that were to be destroyed Where are we supposed to go’ Can we camp in your backyard’ asked V ance Stone 19 one of several men who lived in the area and were displaced by the city ground clearing Stone said he was a Hedley Texas native who has been unable to work his usual truck driving jobs because of knee injuries emphysema and high blood pressure By mid afternoon, all that was left of the shanties was a 5 foot tall mound of items that had been discarded by the men as they left Stone Phillip Johnson Rusty Goode and several who had t**en bv mg there carried out everything thev considered worthwhile Johnson said he was a Michigan native who’d left home about IO years ago because it was too cold He said he s learned the life of a tramp Goode SO salvaged two cans of barbecued chicken from the nn*s* and talked about feeding it to hi> Beagle mix puppy Rounder The (tog served a purpose at the shacks he said bv keeping racoons and possums from raiding the groceries But I wouldn't teed him any thing I wouldn't eat myself Goode said shifting the cans in his hand He said he moved here from Altus < )kia After years in an Army airborne unit he went to work in the oil field unlit he said they dried up The homeless men said they weren’t mad at the city crew or at anybody else They said they were just disappointed Two days before Thanksgiving we had a turkey down there Goode said Police officers came to in vobligate the smoke poked around the campsite and left then returned w'lth a loaf of bread and a fox of doughnuts Stone said They said V all need some bread to go w itll that t urkey he said The camp helped the city bv keep mg drunks down by the river and off of city streets Johnson said This saved the cost of keeping the men in jail he said City officials said they couldn I see the benefit King said the shanties had wood frames wood floors and roots all of which made them legally classifiable as permanent structures However, built on city owned pro perty they violated several or dinances, especially sanitation codes he said King said that was not the reason they were destroyed He said the buildings were contributing to a possible crime problem and leveling the ground prevented a potentially harmful situation "We’ve been observing these folks for some time and we’ve been advis mg them this is a temporary thing and they should take heed of what they are doing ” King said Nearby residents complained to ct ty officials that the men frequently were intoxicated fighting and openly relieving themselves on hou es "All things considered it s just not a savory condition for the neighborhood.” King said Dare to Care. 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