Texas Human Resources Code
Sec. § 48.301
Investigation of Reports in Other State Facilities


(a)

If the department receives a report of suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an elderly person or a person with a disability receiving services in a facility operated, licensed, certified, or registered by a state agency, the department shall refer the report to that agency.

(a-1)

This subchapter does not apply to a report of suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an individual receiving services from a provider as described by Subchapter F.

(b)

A state agency that receives a report under this section shall make a thorough investigation promptly after receiving a report that an elderly person or person with a disability has been or may be abused, neglected, or exploited in a facility operated, licensed, certified, or registered by the agency. The primary purpose of the investigation is the protection of the elderly person or person with a disability.

(c)

Each state agency that may receive reports under this section, or the person responsible for adopting rules for that state agency, shall adopt rules relating to the investigation and resolution of reports received under this section.

(d)

The state agency shall prepare and keep on file a complete written report of each investigation conducted by the state agency under this section.

(e)

A state agency that receives a complaint relating to an investigation conducted under this section shall refer the complaint to its governing board, if applicable, or other person or entity designated to receive such complaints for review and appropriate action.

(f)

The executive commissioner by rule shall adopt minimum standards for the investigation of suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an elderly person or person with a disability under this section.

(g)

A rule or policy adopted by or for a state agency under Subsection (c) must be consistent with the minimum standards adopted by the executive commissioner.
Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 907, Sec. 34, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 355, Sec. 7, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.
Amended by:
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284 (S.B. 643), Sec. 34, eff. June 11, 2009.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.285, eff. April 2, 2015.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 860 (S.B. 1880), Sec. 9, eff. September 1, 2015.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1272 (S.B. 760), Sec. 17, eff. September 1, 2015.
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