Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 1, 2012
Contact: Addie Smith, (512) 463-0112

SENATOR NELSON LEADS REVIEW OF MEDICAID PROGRAMS, MEDICAL RESEARCH

AUSTIN — Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, yesterday presided over a hearing of the Health and Human Services Committee relating to interim charges on translational research and care for individuals with disabilities living in State Supported Living Centers (SSLC).

"These issues are important to our work to improve efficiency, protect Texans with disabilities, and improve the health of our state," said Senator Nelson.

The Committee is reviewing Texas' investment in translational research, which focuses on rapidly transferring new technology into a clinical setting. "Our investment in health innovation creates jobs and brings the best and brightest scientific minds to our state," Senator Nelson said. "We need to ensure that the research translates into actual treatments and cures that can save lives."

Also under evaluation is the progress of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding SSLCs, which provide care to individuals with developmental disabilities. In 2009, Senator Nelson authored major reform legislation designed to protect SSLC residents from abuse and neglect.

"We passed laws and invested significant state resources to stop the abuse in these Centers and to ensure that it never happens again," said Senator Nelson. "We need to see more progress toward our goals in order to live up to our responsibility to protect these vulnerable Texans."

The committee must file a report of its findings prior to the next legislative session. To follow the progress of this and other interim studies, visit www.capitol.state.tx.us, where you may watch live feeds and sign up to receive meeting notices.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.

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